The Duncan Banner

April 23, 2013

Recycling for home, not business-use

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —

Some area businesses received recycling carts, but those carts won’t be around for long.
Brad Hegwer, Waste Connections district manager, said the recycling program, which begins May 6, is intended for residential pickup in Duncan, Marlow and Comanche, not businesses.
“The company we’re working with to drop off the carts did put them at some businesses,” Hegwer said. “We asked them to stop. They’ll be going back to pick them up.”
Residences through the three cities started receiving carts last week. Hegwer said all carts should be delivered by the end of this week.
Despite the program being aimed at residential customers, some businesses on Main Street in Duncan would like to see the recycling program come to their businesses. Marcus McEntire, owner of Distinctive Decor, said he has two trash polycarts that he uses every week, but a majority of the space in both carts is filled with cardboard.
“We would only need one bin if they picked it up,” McEntire said.
Pam Bruehl, owner of Prairie Rose, said she would be concerned about the recycling cart at her business being misused by customers. Bruehl said it would be easy for someone to mistake the recycling cart for a trash cart.
Hegwer said residential customers also should be aware of what they’re putting in their recycling carts because Waste Connections won’t pick up recycling that has trash mixed in.
As carts are being dropped off at residences, information is being put in bags on top to provide information about the recycling program. Hegwer said one concern is people will dispose of the information without reading it first. 
“We need people to read the packets,” he said. And in the mail people should not just toss the envelope that comes and is clearly marked with the word recycle. It is not junk mail, but contains a PIN so people can take advantage of the rewards program associated with the recycling service. 
McEntire and Bruehl, as home owners, said there will be benefits to having a recycling program. McEntire said he’s been taking recycling every time he goes to Lawton to boost his recycling efforts.
He said curbside recycling pickup will make it that much easier to recycle at home.
“We’re real excited about it,” McEntire said.
Bruehl had similar thoughts.
“I think anytime we can recycle is wonderful,” she said.
Along with the distribution of recycling carts, the recycling trucks are also driving around the area, Hegwer said. This is intended to work out the bugs in the trucks to make sure they’re fully operational by May 6. 
Additionally, a recycling kick-off event is set for 11 a.m. May 3 at Fuqua Park.