Lafayette Plans $1.3M Overhaul of City’s Recycling Program

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – The city of Lafayette is overhauling its recycling program.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/1EDFzK2 ) that the city will give residents new garbage bins and ask them to use the old garbage bins for recycling. The city will distribute the 21,000 new 64-gallon garbage cans this fall.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says revenue from advertisements on the bin lids will cover about 90 percent of the program's $1.3 million cost. City officials say they expect savings from increased recycling to make up the rest. The mayor says the city's garbage trucks have been upgraded to handle more recycling.

Lafayette Street Commissioner Dan Crowell says that right now the city saves about $200,000 by recycling. City officials hope to see that number double with the new program.

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  Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com