The amount of recycled material has increased dramatically throughout Hagerstown after the city put a new program in place, officials said this week.
Nearly 43 tons of recyclables were collected during the first week that residents used their new recycling totes — more than twice the amount collected in a week under the previous program, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said Thursday in a news release.
“We’re thrilled that so many residents started to recycle under this program; these results are better than any of us could have hoped for,” city Engineer Rodney Tissue said in the release. “We’re proud of our community for embracing this program. We invite more city residents to join.”
Under the previous “two-bin” program that ended in 2011, residents who wished to recycle had to request bins and then separate paper from other recyclables, Wolfe said. On average, that program produced less than 20 tons per week, she said.