Stillwater News Press

August 30, 2013

City of Stillwater plans downtown cardboard recycling

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — People could be asking where all the cardboard has gone from downtown once the city of Stillwater institutes a new program.

The city of Stillwater Waste Management department and the Business Improvement District 1 of Stillwater have partnered to launch a cardboard recycling pilot program.

Waste Management Manager Chris Knight said the program will last approximately six months and serve downtown businesses. The serving area will be Main Street between Sixth Avenue and 10th Avenue.

The new program will include green trash bins with recycling logos on them, Knight said.

He said not only will the program help the city go green environmentally, it will also help businesses save money.

“Hopefully it will cut down on the amount of waste services the businesses need,” Knight said. “Not only is it the right thing to do but the clients will be getting something good out of the deal, too.”

Amy Jo Frazier, Business Improvement District coordinator, said the city has received positive reactions from downtown businesses.

Frazier said the program came to her attention recently, and she is excited to see it implemented. She said business owners are not required to participate. Frazier said the program hopefully will take a burden off business owners.

“I’m expecting good things from this,” Frazier said. “I know most of the business owners are ready to see this implemented.”

Knight said cardboard can sometimes be more than 60 percent of the waste. He said cardboard will be collected three times per week during the program.

He said if the program does well, other recycling programs may be implemented in the future.

“This is a stepping stone,” Knight said. “We hope to incorporate more recycling programs in the future, but cardboard is the easiest and was a great place to start. We will see what happens.”