The Fort Wayne City Council supported Mayor Tom Henry’s goal of getting 80 percent of city households to recycle by giving the OK to spend $345,000 to buy more carts.
The council on Tuesday unanimously supported the expense, which will allow the city to buy up to 6,390 more recycling carts – enough to push the city to the lofty recycling rate. The participation rate in mid-March was 73 percent.
The more people recycle, the less the city has to pay to throw trash in the landfill and the more money the city gets by selling recycled materials. That is why the city allows residents to order a second recycling cart for no cost.
Last year, city residents pitched 88,953 tons of waste, about 6,000 tons less than the previous year. This meant a savings of $150,000 in tipping fees paid the landfill. In addition, the city last year began receiving half the profits from all materials recycled by residents. This generated $426,932 in revenue. That money plus the cost savings allowed the city to reduce monthly residential garbage fees from $11.24 to $9.95.