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Hagerstown Making Recycling More Convenient

“I think people recycle when it's convenient and this program is geared to try to be as convenient as possible,” said Rodney Tissue, City Engineer for Hagerstown.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Going green is a lot easier in Hagerstown with the single-stream recycling program, and nearly 14,000 residents are participating.

With the recycling program, officials say the city's spending less on trash disposal and there's been a 130 percent boost in recycling.

In the program, all recyclables can be put in the same bin making it more convenient for the community.

“I think people recycle when it's convenient and this program is geared to try to be as convenient as possible,” said Rodney Tissue, City Engineer for Hagerstown. “So the single stream recycling, giving everybody a tote and having everything on one night are all ways of trying to make it as convenient as possible for people. The Recyclebank incentive program is just kind of the icing on the cake.”

And Recyclebank allows residents to earn points for recycling and redeem them for coupons.

In 2010, the city recycled about 82 tons per month. Now city residents are recycling more than 200 tons a month.

“So what we've seen over the last couple of years is the amount of trash that we're disposing in the landfill has gone down about a thousand tons,” said Tissue.

Moving the city to a greener approach for the future. 

“The recycling industry has changed a lot and I think it was just time to have a program that reflects where the program's at. There's no, not many places left to build new landfills. So more and more this is just the direction of the future. It has to be,” said Tissue.

In the future, the city plans to target areas that aren't recycling and encourage them to join the single-stream program. 

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