By Brand Welvaert
When Waste Commission of Scott County rolled out residential curbside recycling in 1995, we set the trend for recycling in the bi-state area. As owner-operators of the new Scott Area Recycling Center, the Commission worked hand-in-hand with partners in its member cities to provide dual-stream recycling service and education in Scott County.
Residents eagerly took part, separating paper from commingled containers at home and placing them into two bins or a split-bodied cart. The recycling program enjoyed uncommonly high participation rates, in the 90- to 95-percent range in Davenport and Bettendorf. By 2012, when the Commission conducted a statistically correct countywide survey to uncover attitudes about recycling, a “culture of recycling” was found to exist. Scott County residents believe in recycling, and they want to recycle more.
Today the Commission and its partners are rethinking recycling.
Following several years of careful research and preparatory work, in summer 2016 the Scott Area Recycling Center will reopen as a single-stream facility, and residents will have the opportunity to recycle more materials—specifically, more types of plastic and cartons—without separating them at home. Households in Davenport and Bettendorf will receive new, 95-gallon recycling carts to be collected every-other-week.
Beyond Scott County, the new facility will make recycling more efficient since it will be the only single-stream facility in the area. East Moline, Moline and Rock Island, and their recycling hauler, Midland Davis Corporation, already have signed agreements with the Commission to deliver recyclables to the Scott Area Recycling Center for processing.
Not only does single-stream make recycling easier for the resident, but it also will keep more material out of the Scott Area Landfill. Conservatively, the Commission estimates that about 35 percent more material will be recycled when the new facility opens, helping the landfill last longer and saving additional natural resources.
Join us at the program meeting to learn more on January 25 at 6:30 PM at the Moline Public Library.