Greenwood expands recycling options, see uptick in use

Greenwood residents unhappy with the new 96-gallon recycling bins will now have another option, but it will cost them.

While the 96-gallon bins were provided by Best Way Disposal, which contracts with Greenwood to provide garbage removal and recycling services, residents who want a smaller bin will have to purchase a 64-gallon bin for about $65, Best Way Disposal administrator Luke DeCoursey said.

Best Way Disposal moved from 18-gallon totes to 96-gallon bins at the beginning of the year. Some residents complained the bins were too large to fit in their garage, and storing them outside caused some people to run afoul of homeowner association rules.

The solution isn’t perfect, but at least there is another option for residents who can’t use the larger bin, Greenwood City Council president Mike Campbell said.

The 64-gallon bin is the only other size option that works with the automatic arms Best Way Disposal has on its trucks, DeCoursey said.

To get one of the smaller bins, residents can contact Best Way Disposal, DeCoursey said. While the 96-gallon bins that were provided are the property of Best Way, anyone who pays for the smaller bin will get to keep it, he said.

DeCoursey described the switch to the larger bins and as a success. The city has had a 26 percent increase in the number of people using the recycling system, and a 13 percent increase in the amount of recycling compared to the first two months of 2016, DeCoursey said.

“I’m encouraged by the progress we have made,” he said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.