Laramie kicked off its residential curbside recycling program today by distributing new bins with blue lids. City and Albany County residents can put all their recyclable materials in the bins, which will be picked up twice a month.
Solid Waste Director Tyler Bandemer says there's been a demand for recycling in Laramie, but high costs have made it impossible for the city to continue sending everything to the county landfill, which has a finite amount of space.
"You wanna make em last as long as you can," said Bandemer. "The best way to make these last longer is by diverting green waste, electronic waste and the recyclable commodities."
Bandemer says residents will pay $1.93 per month to help cover the costs of the program.
The city will accept a range of paper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum. But no glass.
Residents may still deposit glass in the collection bins run by the non-profit Ark Regional Services, which will continue collecting materials to raise money for its operations.