Increased Demand Sparks Changes in Fruita's Recycling Program
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - What started off as a slow growing recycling effort in Fruita has grown so big that officials are now having to change the program.
The city of Fruita previously offered free recycling pick up only once every other week but since the number of residents involved in the program has grown into the thousands, they are changing the dates.
Kenneth Stevens has been working in recycling for more than 20 years.
"We love recycling, we're the number one recycler in North America," said Stevens, the Western Slope Recycling Manager for Waste Management.
Lately, folks in Fruita have been doing their part to keep the recycling trucks full and the sorting lines busy.
"People just started signing up by the dozens and we're still continuing to get probably more than a dozen every week and it's great," said Stevens.
City officials say at first they didn't have very many residents using the free recycle program, now they have more than 2,000 people enrolled.
"In the last several months we've had an increase in the number of accounts and we've also seen a lot of the accounts actually just increasing the amount of recycling they're doing," said Clint Kinney, Fruita City Manager.
Officials keep track of the Diversion Rate, which is the amount of waste that will not end up in the landfill because it was recycled.
Fruita's Diversion Rate has doubled in the last two months to total 10 percent.
"Our trucks are running at capacity and we're already running extra trucks so it's a good problem to have, we're really happy to see that and the new program allows us to grow even more," said Stevens.
Fruita is now increasing the number of days they'll pick up recycling, which has long time recyclers like Al Amirault hoping it will help others pick up the good habit.
"We're a throw away society, we throw everything away and there's got to be an end to it somewhere," said Amirault who has lived in Fruita for the last 15 years.
Starting March 4, there will be recycling pick up every other Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on where you live.
Those dates are set to coincide with trash pick up days.
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