Dunedin eyes reduced trash pickups as recycling rises
Seven months after the launch of a citywide single-stream recycling program, Dunedin officials say high participation is paving the way for a transition to once-weekly trash pickup.
According to solid waste department figures:
-77 percent of households are participating either each week, every other week or once a month. That's up from 2,000, or 15 percent of households that had previously participated under a voluntary fee-based recycling program.
-As a result of increased recycling, city garbage trucks have collected 1,900 fewer tons of trash than during the same seven-month time frame the previous budget year - translating to 100 fewer trips to the Pinellas County landfill, the use of 23 percent less fuel, and less wear and tear on the city vehicles.
-When personnel, equipment and maintenance costs are considered, officials estimate Dunedin since October has saved nearly $236,600 - or $33,800 a month - by outsourcing recycling services to an outside company.
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