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Broken Arrow works to bring curbside pick-up to city; starts with pilot programs

For more than a year a recycling team looked at how to bring curbside pick-up to BA. (KTUL)

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL)- - Curbside recycling pick-up is a luxury in Tulsa and many other communities across the Metro.

Broken Arrow isn't there just yet, but the City is hoping to start a test run next month in hopes of making curbside recycling a weekly thing.

For more than a year a recycling team looked at how to bring curbside pick-up to BA.

"Much more convenient, it would save the trip and I wouldn't have as much sitting around the house," resident Elaine Bringham said.

The committee came up with a couple possibilities.

"A recycling cart to collect recyclables but still collect garbage in a trash bag," City Spokeswoman Krista Flasch said. "The second pilot project would involve two carts, one cart would be for trash collection, the other cart would be for recyclables."

Flasch says trash pick-up would decrease to once a week and trash bag vouchers would be a thing of the past, but that is just the start.

"We have to retrofit the garbage trucks so they can pick up the carts, we have to look at the cost associated with processing the recycling, we also have to look at providing the carts themselves," Flasch said.

David Brown drops his recyclables off three or four times a week. He is in favor of curbside pick-up.

"It takes care of the materials that would normally go in the trash, people would be more conscious of recycling and it would be good for the environment," Brown said.

Some residents we spoke with, like Tom Braunlich, say they don't want to pay a lot extra for the convenience.

"I think the city needs to be mindful of what is efficient and saves money," Braunlich said. "Only change it if it is necessary."

The City says if they adopt curbside recycling, participation is voluntary. Residents will still be able to drop off recycling at the Metropolitan Environmental Trust.

The recycling committee will meet with city leaders in December to decide when testing will start on the pilot programs.

The city says it will cost about $350,000 to test both possibilities and they are still working out funding for the pilot programs.

Once testing is complete, they will get feedback from participates and decide which recycling program works best.

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