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Broken Arrow is going green

Posted at 6:25 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 19:25:57-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — There is a new way to deal with green waste in Broken Arrow.

For now, residents have to drive across town to a recycling center if they want to recycle.

Thanks to two years of hard work by the BA Recycling Committee, the city just approved a new curbside collection program for residents.

"We are actually implementing a sustainable way of collecting trash with the poly carts and the semi-automated or the automated trucks," said Michael Spurgeon, Broken Arrow City Manager.

Spurgeon said the trash schedules will also change, and they are getting rid of the garbage bags.

"We are going to transition sometime in the fall of next year to collecting trash twice a week in the bags to once a week with a trash cart that will be a couple different sizes residents can chose from," he said.

He also said starting the new system will take time.

"We have to purchase the carts for recycling and trash. There is a lead time, we believe it will take 3 to 4 months once we order the carts that we are going to receive them," Spurgeon said.

In addition to making these changes, Broken Arrow is setting up a program for the elderly and disabled so they can recycle too.

"We will actually work with those folks," Spurgeon said. "Get an application filled out so we will know what their address is. If there are folks that are disabled, that can't get the carts down there, we will provide a program to help them as well."

Spurgeon said Broken Arrow could save $620,000 by getting rid of the garbage bags. They'll use the savings to buy new recycling carts, trucks and pay for them over the next several years.

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