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Cleveland’s curbside recycling program: Whatever happened to?

Cleveland is slowly stepping up its curbside recycling program so it sends less trash to landfills. (Bill Kennedy / The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland is slowly stepping up its curbside recycling program so it sends less trash to landfills. (Bill Kennedy / The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND — “City officials expect to see a boost in residents’ participation as the city continues to educate the public about the benefits of the program and as recycling becomes more culturally entrenched, Harper said.

The city makes about a half of a million dollars a year by selling recyclables and saves nearly $360,000 a year by not hauling those materials to landfills as trash.

The city began its recycling program as four-year pilot project in 2007, serving 15,000 households, and officially launched the citywide program in 2011, with plans of phasing it in over four years. Residents receive a 95-gallon black cart for garbage and a 65-gallon blue cart for recyclables.”

— Leila Atassi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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