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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • City Talk: Recycling vs. landfill

  • The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department encourages residents and businesses to take advantage of the city’s excellent recycling program.
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  • The City of Rolla Environmental Services Department encourages residents and businesses to take advantage of the city’s excellent recycling program.
    Did you know that last year the City of Rolla landfilled 1,665 more tons of trash than the previous year? That is about 238 fully loaded trash trucks.
    Yet recycling efforts remained relatively the same, increasing by a mere 153 tons for the year. We need to turn these numbers around, start recycling more and landfilling less.  
    Recycling has never been so easy. If you are a business, recycling containers can be provided for the collection of mixed paper (e.g., office paper, newspapers, magazines, junk mail) and cardboard. This service is provided at no additional cost to you.
    You might be surprised at how much paper even a small office can accumulate in a just a couple of weeks. Recycling your paper and cardboard may help reduce your monthly trash fees.
    Residential recycling is just as easy. A recycling container can be provided as part of your trash service and your recyclables are picked up at the curb in front of your house.
    It doesn’t get much easier than that!  We accept paper products, specified plastics, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans.
    It takes much less energy to make a new product from recycled material than it does to use virgin material.
    As citizens of Rolla, we all need to increase our commitment to recycling and preserving our environment.
    The entire community benefits from recycling by way of disposal cost savings, increased revenue, resource conservation and a cleaner environment.
    For more information, call 364-6693 or visit www.rollacity.org/waste.

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