A free bin is making all the difference in a recycling program in Miamisburg. A little bit of technology and some extra effort is saving money and resources.
Every Monday morning, a white recycling truck weaves through the neighborhoods of Miamisburg stopping for green carts.
Sara Cullen Rumpke Recycling says, "To make the recycling program successful we really need people to participate. Here in Miamisburg the residents are doing a wonderful job."
Miamisburg signed a new contract with Rumpke Recycling in February and since then, green containers have been lining the streets. Each week they are picked up by a relatively new truck designed to make things a little easier.
"We're starting to pick up recyclables with a truck that uses an automatic collection arm. to pick up their cart," explained Cullen.
The automated collection is cleaner and efficient service. The driver stays in the cab and doesn't have to stop and get out to empty the cart. An automatic arm picks up the cart and dumbs the recycling into the truck. The quick and easy service is making a big green movement for the city.
The large containers were distributed to Miamisburg residents in February free of charge. Since then, the city has seen a 38 percent increase in recycling. In the past, Miamisburg used smaller bins, but switching sizes and color has been a huge success.
Tim Young, Acting Public Works Director, says, "Even the color of the bin being green. It's much easier to bring it to the curb now that it's on wheels and it's larger."
Residents have not seen an increase in charges for pickup. The new cart on the block is motivating people to make our environment a little healthier.