Jul 18, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterRiverton recyclers now have an easier incentive to recycle because of a bar code system that began July 9 within the city limits.
Public services director Bill Urbigkit said the new system will offer a monthly discount for people enrolled in the curbside recycling program.
"If you are signed up for curbside recycling you will get a $5 monthly discount with a bar code to place on your recycling container," Urbigkit said. "We are seeing the next evolution of recycling in Riverton."
Urbigkit said curbside recycling started in Riverton two years ago, and the goal was to get 30 percent of the waste stream recycled.
"The city discovered 30 percent of the people signed up for curbside, but 30 percent of the people were not recycling," he said.
In effort to provide an incentive to recyclers, Urbigkit said people who have a 90-gallon container could sign up for a 45-gallon container and get $3 off, saving as much as $8 for recycling. The 45-gallon roll out containers can be purchased for $23.09 a month.
Urbigkit said the response has been overwhelming since the change went into effect Monday.
"We have had hundreds of people come and get their bar codes for the recycling program, so we are excited," Urbigkit said.
Recyclers can pick up their bar codes at the utility billing department at the Riverton City Hall before July 31. The bar code must be placed on a container in an accessible location to be placed on the curb for recycling.
For those who are interested in the program and are not signed up for curbside recycling, a credit card that works at neighborhood recycling sites is also available.
"All you have to do at the neighborhood drop-off sites is run the card under the scanner where it will help us keep track of how many people are recycling," Urbigkit said.
Urbigkit said he anticipates the new change will be beneficial to those who recycle in Riverton, and he hopes it will encourage more people to start recycling.
"I think recycling will save the city money," Urbigkit said. "What might happen in the future is more people will be recycling so we will have to divert our resources from municipal garbage to recycling."
Neighborhood recycling stations
Drop-off areas for the neighborhood recycling areas are located at Smith's Food and Drug at 1200 W. Main St., Riverton City Hall at 816 N. Federal Blvd., Central Wyoming College at 2660 Peck Ave., Owl Creek Apartments at 2220 Rose Lane, the Reach Foundation at 622 N. Eighth St. W. and Bailey Tire and Auto Services at 755 S. Federal Blvd.
There is also a drop-off at the free recycling zone at the Riverton baler at 329 N. Smith Road. Bar code readers are at each location at the baler.
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