FBTX ~ With participation from 85 percent of single family homes in Farmers Branch, the new curbside recycling program has easily eclipsed totals from the old drop-off program in less than a year's time since kickoff.
According to statistics released by Community Waste Disposal, the City's solid waste contractor, more than 6,500 single family homes in Farmers Branch recycled 1,252.98 tons of material since the program's inception on April 1 of last year.
By comparison, that nine-month total more than triples the entire year's tally for the old drop off recycling program in 2015 (389.51 tons). Community Waste Disposal said that participating households were recycling, on average, 35.02 pounds of recyclables per month.
"This is a great success story for Farmers Branch," said City Manager Charles S. Cox. "Not only are we collectively doing the right thing for the planet by recycling three times our previous total, we're expanding the life of our landfill by diverting more than 1,200 tons of material which saves more than 4,000 cubic yards of space. And, the year isn't over yet."
Officials said that, based on current recycling averages and diverting that material from the landfill, additional royalties to the City could equal $190,000 over the remaining life of the City-owned Camelot Landfill.