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Moore to revisit possibility of curbside recycling

The city currently has a recycling center where residents bring items but some would like the city to move to curbside recycling.
by Matt Patterson Modified: August 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: August 26, 2013

For Moore resident Leslie Bonebreak recycling is just another part of life in a household that includes a husband and three boys.

The family produces a lot of trash but Bonebreak does her best to keep the volume down, recycling everything she can.

“I lived in Minneapolis for 10 years and it was part of normal life, just like taking out the trash,” she said. “I felt bad filling up two bins full of trash so I started recycling. I think we should be held accountable for what we consume and the waste it creates.”

But when Bonebreak moved to Moore from Oklahoma City she found the city had no curbside recycling program. Instead, Moore has a recycling center at 400 N Telephone Road and Bonebreak took her recyclables there before the center sustained damage during the May 20 tornado and closed temporarily.

“The first time I went there it was packed with stuff, which amazed me because I didn't think that many people in Moore recycled,” Bonebreak said. “It showed the interest is there.”

Past attempts to get curbside recycling in Moore have failed in large part because of objections to a $3 to $5 fee to a resident's trash bill each month. Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman have curbside recycling for residents.

Mayor Glenn Lewis is in favor of curbside recycling and hopes the issue will go to voters sometime before the end of the year but no timetable has been set.

“It has come up before and people didn't want to pay the fee per month,” he said. “But that has been several years ago. Our sewer fees have gone up because of the new sewage plant but it's something that I think we should revisit.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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