Casper recycling survey ends Friday

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Friday is the last day to fill out the Casper survey on the city’s recycling future.

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The city is considering five options ranging from eliminating recycling services, to closing depots, to increasing fees and other changes.

The potential changes come as new contamination requirements have made recycling less financially feasible. Contamination includes tape on boxes and styrofoam left in boxes as well as other unwanted items in a recycling load. If it’s too contaminated, the load must be landfilled.

City council members said, as of Tuesday, many survey respondents were willing to pay a little more to keep recycling in Casper.

“The majority of the people that have reached out to me do not want to see these depots go away. They want to see the recycle program happen. And if we just educate people on what needs to come off of the boxes or what needs to come off the product before we put them in there, I think that’s going to help out a bunch,” Casper Mayor Steve Freel, Ward III, said at Tuesday's council meeting.

Citizens can fill out the survey on the city’s website or by calling (307) 235-8296.