CMU Public Radio
July 7, 2016
If you’re living in Emmet County, you probably already know about the new wheeled carts. In fact, they’re probably already sitting in your garage or at the end of the driveway.
Emmet County Recycling has finished delivering over 7,200 rolling carts to residents, and hope that the new free carts will increase the materials recycled by the community. But how they pulled of the feat is starting to attract interest on both a state and national level.
These brown carts with wheels and green lid look similar to the standard garbage carts, but the purpose will help keep more recyclables from ending up in the waste stream.
“For some time now, we’ve known that the more capacity you have at the curb the more materials you will get. It makes sense, but you would think ‘Oh if they have too many recyclables to fit in their totes, they’ll wait till next week. But the studies show that when the totes are full the rest goes in the trash until the tote gets picked up and is empty again,” said Elisa Seltzer, the director of the Emmet County Recycling Program.
The carts were part…