Mayor David Bowers brought his trash downtown.
Bowers lifted two bags full of paper, plastic, bottles and cans from his home and tossed them in a light-blue, 96-gallon recycling cart, announcing plans for the new “single-stream” recycling program Wednesday in front of a small crowd at Market Square.
Beginning Aug. 15, about 34,000 residents living within city limits will receive either the larger, two-wheeled cart or a 64-gallon version, depending on available outdoor space. Once the new program is launched, residents can dispose of all recyclable material at once, every other week.
“The old misconception is that recycling is supposed to make money,” said Roanoke Solid Waste Manager Skip Decker. “Recycling is never meant to make money. That’s an old wives’ tale. Where you make your money is cost avoidance.”