Green Scene: New programs urge recycling, composting
The city of DeKalb has signed a new five-year contract with Waste Management which will begin on Sept. 1. As part of the contract, residential customers will get two large toters, one for recycling and one for garbage. There will also be a pilot program for community-wide composting. We met with DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore to discuss the changes residents will see with the new program.
Residents will be able to choose between 35-gallon and 65-gallon recycling toters, and 35, 65 or 96-gallon garbage toters.
“Residential customers will only see a 70 cent increase to their monthly bill, and residents who currently rent receptacles will actually see a reduction to their bill,” Moore said. The toters are on display in the entrance of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Waste Management also will donate $40,000 for the city to place recycling containers throughout the downtown area.
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