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County recycling increases as temperatures rise

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – As the weather turns warmer, the amount of recycling generated in the county is increasing.

According to Dwayne Knott, Whitley Environmental owner and the recycling contractor, the county’s recycling participants had seemed to level off at about 70 to 75 percent, but he is seeing that number swell to 85 percent.

“Our guys have been slammed these past two circulations,” Knott said.
“It’s a good problem to have. As it gets nicer out, people are cleaning up. That generates more recycling.”

Knott was on hand at Monday’s Solid Waste District meeting, and told board members that overall, residents were complying with recycling program guidelines.

“We’ve had some houses still regularly including items in their recycling that we don’t take,” Knott said.

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