FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - "Together, let's increase the amount of recyclables we discard and decrease waste in our landfills," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Fort Wayne will begin delivering new carts on January 3, 2011.
City leaders want community members to sign up for their new recycling carts by January 2, 2011.
That will ensure residents receive the new cart as soon as possible.
"As a community we can practice greater environmental responsibility and by using this program we will generate more savings to our city," said Henry.
About 40,000 residents have already signed up to have the new cart delivered next year.
That amounts to 45% of residents, nearly 10% increase from current recycling participation levels.
Henry shared the city will receive 50% of the profits from the sale of recycled materials.
The program is also expected to increase recycling participation because of a single cart system will replace the two yellow and brown bin system that is currently being used.
It is also projected to lower garbage disposals fees.
The recycling cart pickup process will be animated.
"That's why we want everyone to register now for the carts," said Fort Wayne Solid Waste Manager Matt Gratz.
"That way we don't have a problem trying to use automation to empty the carts and then also have to hand empty recycle bins so it's very important people register now for their cart," said Gratz.
However, you can still sign up after the deadline, but you will have to wait at least three or four weeks to receive your cart.
The easiest way to sign up for a new recycling bin is www.recyclefortwayne.org or by calling 311.
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