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December 29, 2013

The road back to recycling (Part 1)

Kokomo looks to the future with return of curbside recycling program in April

(Continued)

The city’s commitment will result in significant upgrades to Kokomo Recycle, which will construct a $2.5 million upgrade to the facility, contingent on a 10-year commitment and a five-year contract with the recycling district.

The upgrades to the facility could allow Kokomo Recycle to become a regional recycling hub for surrounding communities on two separate shifts during the day, President JD Mohr said.

Currently, Kokomo Recycle processes between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of recyclable materials per day. Mohr, who started the business as part of Apex Group Inc., a Kokomo recycling and roll-off container firm, sold it and was partnered with another company that performed the transporting of recyclable materials.

Because Kokomo Recycling’s volume continued to grow, Mohr said he engaged the city and the county’s recycling district about partnering.

“The timing just kind of worked out,” he said. “[The city was] ready to go with the curbside and we were looking to do something like this.”

Curbside recycling fast facts When does the program start?: The curbside program is scheduled to begin in April. How will it work?: The city will pick up recyclable materials from residents on their normally scheduled trash day, every other week. How do I recycle: The city will be providing a 96-gallon tote that will contain all of your recyclable materials in a single stream collection. Details about what materials can be recycled will be included on the tote. Where will the materials go?: Kokomo Recycle, located at 1701 N. Market St., where paper, plastic, metal and other recyclable materials will be diverted from landfills, baled and sent to manufacturers for reuse. How much will it cost me?: Nothing, in terms of annual or monthly fees. The program is paid for out of the city's municipal waste budget, which is funded by property taxes.

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