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December 10, 2012

Pulaski celebrates countywide recycling project

Somerset —  

Pulaski County got an early Christmas present on Monday in the form of a traditional holiday color — green.
Local dignitaries showed up at the Pulaski County Recycling Center to help officials unveil the county’s new curbside recycling program, which is set to begin next month.
“We kicked it off (by) making an announcement to let folks know where we’re going,” said Gerald Hines, the county’s solid waste coordinator. “It was a good day as far as attendance. There were a lot of supporters there. It means a great deal to us here at the recycling center.”
Over 100 individuals came to hear about the new program — the first of its kind for a county in Kentucky — made possible in partnership with area waste removal company Waste Connections. It’s the kind of thing folks in larger cities are used to seeing — an initiative to encourage recycling as a way of life, not just a chore.
“I think the biggest difference we’re hoping (the program) will make is that people will see convenience of recycling,” said Hines. “Most people would like to, but some people feel like it’s an additional duty or that it’s time consuming. We’re just trying to take all the inconvenience away.” 
The recycling center will deliver special carts to homes in early January, along with packets containing information on how the recycling collection will work, what the schedule will be, what materials may be recycled, and more. Different areas will have recycling pick-ups on different days, and refrigerator magnets with reminders about those dates will be provided. 
Hines said he expects to distribute 12,333 carts which people can put out in front of their home for recycling, the same way they would a trash can, for collection (expected to be on a monthly basis, at least at first). No sorting is necessary; only loose or shredded paper needs to be in a bag by itself. The carts are free if you’re a customer of Waste Connections, said Hines.

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