Emmet County Recycling’s new household paper recycling carts have been welcomed with open arms—and open garage doors and gates–by residents of the five communities served by the program’s curbside recycling service. In late June over 7,000 of the black carts with bright green lids were distributed to single family homes in Bear Creek, Little Traverse and Resort townships, Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
“I thought I saw a tear,” Barbara Martin of Little Traverse Township said, describing her sons’ reaction upon delivery of their cart. The family had been hauling their recyclables to a nearby drop site, the job assigned to her sons, Steven and Andrew Wallace. “We had five bins lined up in the basement,” explained Martin. She would gather recyclables in the kitchen, then Steven had the job of sorting the materials into the basement totes. “I have to admit, we’d let them get a bit more than full before hauling,” Barbara said. Now the cart and curbside mixed containers totes sit in the breeze way outside the kitchen door and are simply wheeled to the curb.
“It’s great,” Steven agreed, “I still have work to do, but it’s less and I don’t have to leave the