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The Citizens Recycling Committee provided its findings and recommendations regarding curbside recycling to the City Council at its Aug. 1 meeting, after researching recycling options for the past eight months. The Council accepted the report, which recommended beginning two pilot programs for curbside recycling within Broken Arrow.
The first recommended pilot would continue the City’s use of bags for garbage collection, but include a plastic cart for recyclables. The second option would include a cart for both trash and recycling services. Both pilot programs would provide trash and recyclables collection on the same day and reduce pick up to once per week instead of twice. The report recommended each pilot run for four months to ensure enough data is gathered.
No action was taken by the Council regarding the recommendations. Staff and Council members will review the report and determine the next steps.
“On behalf of the Mayor and City Council, I would like to thank the citizens who served on the recycling committee. Their time and efforts to review and investigate opportunities to implement a curbside recycling program are greatly appreciated,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “Now, the City staff will thoroughly review the recommendations. When that analysis is complete, we’ll come back to the Council with a plan of action for implementing the pilot programs recommended.”
About the Citizens Recycling Committee
The Committee, comprised of 12 members of the public and two Councilors (one as an alternate), was formed last fall after a survey of citizens in Spring 2016 showed a favorable attitude to implementing a curbside recycling program in the City. Committee members were tasked with understanding the opinions of Broken Arrow refuse customers and to serve as a guide for the development of future refuse and recycling services.
Meeting 14 times since November 2016, the committee educated themselves on recycling finance and economics, possible pilot programs, collection systems and recycling as it relates to economic development and sustainability. Several meetings included tours of recycling facilities within the metropolitan area, such as the M.e.t.’s Broken Arrow site, the Covanta Energy from Waste Facility in Tulsa and the Tulsa Recycling and Transfer Material Recovery Facility.
About BA’s Refuse Service
Broken Arrow’s Sanitation Division provides refuse pickup services to more than 33,000 residential solid waste customers. Residents receive twice weekly trash service, either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday.
Sanitation crews collect approximately 3,100 tons of refuse monthly. This varies throughout the year based on yard waste. The average Broken Arrow household generates about 203 pounds of solid waste per month. Refuse is taken to the Covanta Energy from Waste Facility. Covanta is approximately 15 miles from the center of Broken Arrow.