The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 26, 2014

Don’t lay trash in your polycart and keep it green

ENID, Okla. — ’Tis the season to dust off the green polycarts in Enid.

Yard waste collection resumed Wednesday, and city officials stress that collected material does not include trash.

Solid Waste Supervisor Sara Del Angel said “anything green” is fair game — that includes grass clippings, weeds, vines, leaves and even branches.

For a one-time fee of only $50, you can own an all-green polycart to deposit the aforementioned greenery. They may be purchased by contacting Solid Waste Services at (580) 616-7300.

If the clippings or leaves are in a trash bag, dump it and throw the plastic away in the regular trash bin. Including trash in the green polycart just defeats the purpose.

Once each week through September, city crews make rounds before 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays to pick up the yard waste free of charge. It’s then transported to the landfill where it’s used as compost, and to cover portions of the landfill’s regular trash.

“The reason why is when we take it to the landfill, we don’t mix that with the actual solid waste. We try to keep it separate; that way, we can reuse or save as much of the green as we can,” she said. “We want to leave it as clean as we can.”

It’s a great thing to recycle. Just don’t lay trash in your polycart and remember to keep it green.

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