Everywhere you go you hear the phrase “Go Green,” and recycling is on the increase nationwide, well except in Southbury.
In April 500 tons of garbage was incinerated and that was an increase from last year when 475 tons was burned, the Waterbury Republican-American reports. The town pays $58 a ton to have its garbage incinerated. Residents have recycled fewer tons than last year and the town is paid for its recycling.
Officials say more awareness is needed, and they have purchased 18-gallon containers for residents to recycle at home, the paper reports.
While the news seems bad, the trend overall has been a positive one. In 2008 before the town went to single stream recycling, the town paid $963,283 to dispose of its garbage and that has declined to $512,240 now.
Town officials believe that number can be reduced more if residents would recycle just a little bit more.