Study: Tulsans recycling more, fairly happy with pay-as-you-throw system

TULSA - After nearly a year under the pay-as-you-throw system, Tulsan's trash anxieties have largely cooled, according to a university study released Friday.

A University of Oklahoma graduate research team announced its findings Friday at the "Reduce, Regroup, Recycle Forum" in Tulsa.

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Perhaps most interestingly, the group found that while 84 percent of Tulsans were initially concerned with the size of the new trash bins, 79 percent are now "somewhat or very satisfied."

And Tulsa might just be a little bit greener, too. An impressive 82 percent of those polled said they recycle more now as a result of the program.

But the trash service hasn't been all roses. Fifty-seven percent of residents think they're paying more now for pick-up than they did last year. Apartment dwellers also expressed frustration with their inability to recycle.

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Missed or delayed service and the mistreatment of carts were also consistent complaints.

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The research team concluded with six proposals to improve the program: provide bin size options for recycling, address service issues with New Solutions, provide further education on green waste and bulk collection, provide a way to dispose of hazardous waste (e.g. motor oil), reduce more waste by addressing business and industrial waste needs and offering recycling options and provide recycling options for multi-unit housing.

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