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The City will launch pilot recycling programs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – In February, the City of Grand Junction acquired Curbside Recycling, Indefinitely Inc.

Now the city has plans to expand its services and introduce new recycling programs to divert waste from the landfill.

The city will implement pilot programs next year in select areas of downtown and north Grand Junction, and in the Redlands to encourage residents to recycle.

“I thought it was about time I started doing this and reduced the amount of trash that goes to landfill,” said one Grand Junction resident. That’s what the city of Grand Junction wants.

The programs want to encourage the community to use smaller trash cans by setting up a green trash can and dual-stream recycling bins for things like cardboard, lint, paper, and non-glass containers.

“I think the City of Grand Junction has done a lot to provide us with this type of recycling option for residents,” said Jay Valentine, Grand Junction’s general services manager. The city predicts the pilot program could divert about 59,000 pounds of waste from the landfill per month.

“As we grow, of course it will increase, and when you start, you know, looking at this over the years, it’s a lot of landfill diversion, and that’s really the goal “, said Valentine.

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