On May 26, the city of Auburn, Ala., was awarded with a $288,896 grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to purchase 5,600 containers to launch a pilot single stream recycling program. The city is planning on converting garbage trucks into recycling trucks for the new service.
The city expects to purchase the containers around the beginning of the fiscal year in October and hopes to launch the program between late fall and early 2018.
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Auburn is on its way to making its curbside recycling program a little easier by converting to single-stream recycling.
The city found out it has been awarded the $288,896 grant on May 26, which will be used to purchase 5,600 containers to launch a pilot single-stream recycling program, said Tim Woody, Auburn’s environmental services director. Earlier this year, Auburn city applied for a grant through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for funds to kick start the curbside single-stream recycling program in the city.
Though the city currently has curbside pickup, participating residents are required to separate their recyclables and place them in different containers at the curb. With the single-stream program, Auburn will distribute blue bins, similar to city-provided trash cans, in which residents can put all their recyclables in one container.