Stillwater News Press

October 4, 2013

Curbside recycling program seeing growth

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater residents got some tips, information and the latest on the new curbside recycling program at the Stillwater Public Library Thursday.

Waste Management Manager Chris Knight addressed some of the most commonly asked questions.

The program, which was implemented throughout the entire city two months ago, has seen success with more than 50 percent of the community participating. Knight said requests come in every day to take part. The program has resulted in an 11 percent diversion rate on what is kept out of the landfill in its first month. In September, that number rose to 13 percent.

“We’re increasing and our goal, at this point, is to get the city to 20 percent,” he said.

Knight estimates they will reach that goal within the next 6 months or less.

As for the participation rate, he said he believes the number will jump to 60 percent in the next two months.

The next step is education. Knight welcomes any group to request recycling representatives to speak at a function for more information.

“We’re currently trying to develop a program for educating people,” he said. “Of course, get it into schools, to the kids, and go to every function where adults want to learn about it.”