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Posted on: January 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City residents recycle 46 percent more in 2016

City recycling containers

Battle Creek residents are making a difference, with a 46 percent increase in curbside recycling in 2016, following the distribution of the new large, green recycling carts.

As part of the city’s new contract with trash and recycling hauler Waste Management, every city resident in April of last year received a 96-gallon cart, specifically for recycling. The large container – with a lid – was chosen to keep materials contained and dry, and eliminate blowing litter in streets and yards. It also allows for bulky items, like cardboard, to be recycled easily.

Waste Management records show that, from May to October last year, city residents recycled 431 tons more than during the same time in 2015. That’s nearly 1 million pounds!

Residents recycling more every month during that time, broken down as follows:

  • May 2016: 244.49 tons
    May 2015: 162.96

  • June 2016: 260.23 tons
    June 2015: 170.79

  • July 2016: 228.3 tons
    July 2015: 185.52

  • August 2016: 236.4 tons
    August 2015: 145.85

  • September 2016: 209.17 tons
    September 2015: 128.77

  • October 2016: 196.64 tons
    October 2015: 150.1

The City of Battle Creek thanks all residents for your efforts and success to recycle more, helping efforts to be sustainable, clean, and a great place to live, work and play. Keep up the great work!

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