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Glass is back!
Starting this month, the new contract with Republic Services for recycling pick up and processing means Edmond residents can again place glass items in their residential blue recycling cart.
To cover the cost of adding glass to the acceptable recycling items list, the City of Edmond Solid Waste monthly fee for recycling service has increased from $4 to $5.58 per residence per month. That fee is part of the Solid Waste base rate, which now is $16.93 per month.
Earlier this year, a resident survey showed overwhelming support for adding glass to the accepted items and for a fee increase to cover the cost of that addition. More than 3,500 customers responded to the survey, and of those 3,461 said they participate in the curbside recycling pickup program. More than 61 percent of customers responding said they would be willing to pay an additional monthly fee for the expanded service option.
Glass is accepted only for residential service. Just like plastic and paper items, glass items must be clean and dry before being placed in the recycling cart. Glass items are not accepted at the drop-off facility, located at 5300 Recycle Trail. The drop-off facility accepts only paper, cardboard, plastic, and cans.
As part of the curbside service, blue recycling carts are picked up on a bi-weekly basis. Recycling collection is scheduled for the same day as the weekly trash cart collection. However, the recycling and trash are collected by different trucks and at different times of the same day.
Place the recycling cart at your curb/roadway before 7 a.m. on your designated collection day. The time of day varies for recycling collections. The collectors will work until dark to complete their routes if needed. Leave at least four feet between the recycling cart and the trash cart.
Place all recycling materials in the cart. There is no need to separate the materials. You can put your newspapers in a brown, craft paper bag to keep them from blowing on windy days.
For information on pickup schedules, items that can be placed in the residential recycling bin, and more, go to Edmondok.gov/EdmondRecycles.