Less than two months after curbside recycling became available, an estimated 90 percent of Commerce’s 2,400 households are participating to the tune of between 11 and 12 pounds per household per week.
“The raw data comes out to be almost 12 pounds per home,” reported Waste Pro’s senior division manager Bob Wolk. “We’re getting an average of about 30 tons a month. You divide that by the number of times we go by and by the number of customers.”
Wolk calls the weight “on the light side,” but says the high percentage of people using the recycling containers suggests that the weight per household will go up.
“It tells me there’s not a lot in each container yet,” he said. “That means once they eventually start to learn more about recycling, they’ll do it more. I fully anticipate it growing.”
He figures the number will hit 17-19 pounds per week per household, maybe 20 pounds.
Waste Pro takes the items for recycling to the Athens-Clarke Materials Recycling Center where (usually) it does not have to pay a disposal charge, but neither does it get any revenue from the plastic, cardboard, paper, metals and other recyclable items.
“On the other end of the spectrum (garbage), I am paying a disposal cost,” Wolk pointed out. “The more that is there for recycling, the less my landfill bill is going to be.”
The most common items being recycled, Wolk said, are number one and two plastics and mixed paper.
For the full story, see the May 28 issue of The Commerce News.