WASHINGTON COUNTY – It is estimated that Americans dispose of 40 billion soda cans each year, enough to stretch to the moon and back 20 times. In Dixie, several groups have risen to the monumental challenge of satisfying the community’s recycling needs, but they can’t do it alone.
Washington County Solid Waste, which handles all local waste management and disposal, offers the WCSW Recycling Program. They have installed metal bins for several different types of renewable materials at over 50 locations across the county, Zion National Park and most recently Cedar City. All profits are returned to the community for use in funding animal shelters, building parks and more.
Along with the Southern Utah Recycling Coalition, Don’t Waste Dixie and their friendly mascot, “Binnie,” WCSW promotes public awareness through radio and television promotions and recycling education classes in public schools.
Allied Waste, WCSW’s partner in solid waste collection, also provides a twice-monthly curbside recycling service throughout the county. For as little as $6 a month, residents will receive a 96-gallon waste bin for paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and other reusable materials.
“The program has been very well-received,” said Jason Godfrey, WCSW general manager. “We have over 1,500 participants.”
Though options are fairly limited, Godfrey said his company is working with WCSW in an effort to make curbside recycling a regular service for all Washington County residents. There is no word on when or if a comprehensive program will come to fruition but it is definitely a goal for Allied Waste.
“Recycling is critical to being responsible stewards of the earth,” he said. “We (need to) recycle for the good it does today, but more importantly for the message it sends to future generations: We all need to do our part to preserve our natural resources.”
A newer addition to the cause is Santa Clara-based Blue Sky Services, which offers pickups once a week and encourages people to promote recycling by sharing the cost of bins with neighbors. They also provide programs for businesses and schools. Their staff claimed that last year alone, their customers recycled enough material to fill a football stadium.
A group of residents in the SunRiver St. George retirement community have launched a petition in hopes of bringing curbside recycling to their homes. They are many signatures away from making it happen, but have brought their efforts to the attention of the neighborhood’s management company.
Copyright 2012 St. George News.