The Duncan Banner

April 2, 2013

SCOEA members continue recycling discussion

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Curbside recycling is about to become a reality for Duncan, Marlow and Comanche residents. All they have to do is wait just more than a month.

During the South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority regular meeting, SCOEA members discussed the upcoming recycling program, which is set to begin May 6. The recycling efforts, which are through Waste Connections will be for the three cities as part of the SCOEA agreement.

In Monday’s meeting, Waste Connections District Manager Brad Hegwer touched base with the three city representatives to discuss finding a staging area for the recycling program. Hegwer said the space would need to have a hard surface and preferably be fenced in.

“We would only need it for a few days,” Hegwer said.

Although the idea has been discussed for years, the ball started rolling on the recycling program in June 2012. During that month, Brenda Merchant, state sales and municipal manager for Waste Connections, proposed the idea of establishing a city-wide recycling program to work in tangent with SCOEA.

Duncan, Marlow and Comanche representatives officially signed the recycling agreement in January.

Hegwer said the recycling polycarts will be put in place by the beginning of May. It is estimated to take about 1 1/2 weeks to get carts to all Duncan residents, and two days each for Marlow and Comanche.

He said the recycling truck will be tested on a trash collection day, and the Waste Connections employees will be trained on the additional pickup.