Sunday, April 22, 2007


Voters in Norman will have the opportunity to pass a City measure on May 8th to establish curb-side recycling. A growing list of communities have curb-side recycling programs including Oklahoma City and Edmond.

Norman residents are very committed to their present limited program of recycling sites. Figures from the City of Norman indicate that current recycling diverted 11,231 tons from landfills by recycling and composting and saved the city over $160,000 in landfill costs.

The benefits are substantial. Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, and 4000 kW of electricity.

The proposed ballot measure provides recycling pickup the same day as trash collections. Residents will be provided recycling containers. If approved by the voters, Norman water bills would increase $3 a month. Discounts would be extended for low income households. Before too long curbside recycling program could actually generate income for the City as buyers of recycled materials are identified.

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