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City of Concord Sees Recycling Increase 46 Percent

CONCORD, NC – August 29, 2011 The City of Concord’s move to single stream recycling services with Waste Pro has proved to be the right one. This change in service, which now occurs on a biweekly basis and is handled by Waste Pro, has resulted in dramatic increases in total recycling tonnage being collected.

In July, the City of Concord recorded a 46 percent increase, compared to the July 2010 recycling reports, and an increase of 62 percent over June’s figures. Ease of use, provided by the new roll-out carts, and an expanded list of acceptable items, is believed by the City to have made the large increases possible. Waste Pro took over recycling collection on July 1st.

“When the City Council approved the service improvements, they felt citizens would like the convenience of a roll-out cart and appreciate the opportunity to recycle so many additional items,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “Concord citizens have quickly learned the new system and our staff have worked hard to minimize the adjustment.”

The new user friendly, 96 gallon recycling carts are black, with a lid to minimize neighborhood littering, and can be easily wheeled to the curb. Carts may be filled with plastics labeled 1 through 7, milk and juice cartons, shredded paper, juice boxes, and aerosol cans. Carts should be placed curbside by 7 a.m., with wheels facing your home, and 2 feet of operating clearance space between carts or other objects, such as cars, fire hydrants, mailboxes, etc.

Waste Pro is one of this country’s fastest growing privately owned waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal companies operating in seven southeastern states. Serving more than 1.4 million customers from 500 operating locations, Waste Pro USA is headquartered in Longwood, Florida and maintains more than 250 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises and operates two of this country’s largest paper, plastic and glass recycling facilities in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama.