UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
WACO-- If you happen to notice something different downtown Waco, it's the city's effort to clean up that might save the city landfill usage for generations. The Waco Solid Waste and Recycling department is placing new recycling and trash containers downtown.
One resident said she began noticing them Monday. "I think they're pretty awesome. I mean, I'd like to see the downtown area stay clean and not have trash everywhere."
Businesses downtown paid for the bins to keep the area looking nice. The new containers will also pay off in the long-haul. Waco Solid Waste and Recycling directors say recycling efforts will also extend the life of the current landfill. Waco Solid Waste Information Officer, Larry Holze, says, "We've already extended it out another 10, 15 years at the rate we're going with recycling efforts, but we're looking to save that landfill and not have to build another one and be able to do the right thing by properly recycling." He says the goal is to make the current landfill last another 50 or more years.
15 bins will be downtown Wednesday, in hopes that it will increase recycling efforts and cut back on litter. The bins look different than recycling containers we are used to seeing. That's because they were chosen to fit the downtown design, and in the growing area, Waco's solid waste department hopes they wont go unnoticed.