PIQUA — In the six months since the Piqua Health and Sanitation Department began their in-house recycling program, the city has seen a spike in participation.
“We’ve seen about a 40 percent increase in the number of residents who are participating,” Amy Welker, director of the Health and Sanitation Department, said. “It’s really great to see the huge jump. We hope that continues.”
The department began providing their in-house recycling service in May. Each customer was provided with a 64-gallon recycling cart. These recycling carts remained the property of the city of Piqua.
“As we move forward with this in-house program, I think it’s going to be our job to continue to remind people to participate and make this program as easy as possible,” Welker said.
The recycling tonnage has also increased by 8 percent.
“Hopefully, (customers) understand the program and understand the importance of it,” Welker said. “It’s an easy program to participate in, and it’s the right thing to do … We’re really pleased.”
Welker also explained that in comparing the six months that the recycling program has been in place this year with the same six months last year, it appears as if solid waste tonnage has gone down as well.
“We’re seeing a decent reduction. We’ll know more as we go forward,” Welker said. “We’re hoping that’s the trend … that we see more recylcing and less solid waste. That’s the best scenario.”
It is also cheaper for the city to recycle than to take solid waste to a landfill.
“The more we get into the recycling end, the cheaper it is,” Welker said. That is also their goal with the recycling program, Welker said, to “keep our costs low.”
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the benefits of recycling include:
• Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
• Conserving natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
• Preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
• Saving energy
• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
• Helping sustain the environment
• Helping create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
Customers interested in a smaller 32-gallon cart should call the city of Piqua Health and Sanitation Department (937) 778-2060 to be added to the list. A small quantity of the 32-gallon recycling carts has been ordered.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall