Dubuque To Consider Larger Recycling Bins

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa- President Obama declared November 15th to be "America Recycles" Day. Governor Terry Branstad also signed a proclamation to highlight recycling efforts in Iowa.

In Dubuque, the city council has made green initiatives a top priority, everyday of the year. Now city leaders there have a new idea to make recycling easier for everybody.

The Ecumenical Tower is one of Dubuque's tallest buildings. But space is limited inside the apartment complex, especially in the area known as the trash room.

Ecumenical Tower Resident Darlyn Hackler said, "It's very hard to just keep stacking newspapers up. "

People who live in the building dump recyclable items, like newspapers and cans, into a 95 gallon tipper cart.

It's basically a giant recycling bin.

"if you have a bunch of small stuff things you have to keep re-stacking and re-stacking, but having a larger container it's much easier" said Hackler.

The city issues smaller, 18 gallon recycling bins for curbside recycling. They say these bins aren't doing the trick.

Resource Management Coordinator Paul Schultz said, "right now we are capturing about two thirds of all the materials that could go into the yellow bins. "

Schultz says if the bins get too full, people end up tossing recyclables into the trash. That's why he wants to use these bigger carts for curbside recycling instead.

Schultz said, "I'm suggesting that we do a pilot and order a certain number of bind and see how well it works out. "

It's working out at the Ecumenical Tower, and Schultz thinks it would work city-wide.

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