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Verbatim: 10,000 sign up for 1-cart recycling

Statement distributed Monday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Within three weeks of unveiling one-cart recycling registration, more than 10,000 city residents have reserved their new all-in-one recycling cart.

“We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from city residents,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Our goal is to increase recycling participation in Fort Wayne households from 30 to 60 percent. I urge residents to register for the new cart.”

Registration for the new recycling program is easy, and to further reduce questions to 311, the City of Fort Wayne has posted questions and answers about the new recycling program online with voting capabilities. Inquiring residents will find answers to commonly asked questions such as, “What can be recycled in the new One Cart Recycling Program?” and “Who is eligible to recycle?”

City residents who have not already signed up for the new recycling program will receive prepaid postcards in the mail this week. Methods for signing up include returning the prepaid postcard, calling 311 or signing up online at Residents must sign up to receive their new recycling cart. The 96-gallon cart is the preferred size for a household of two or more people. Single person households may opt for a 48-gallon cart.

During the month of December, the City’s new recycling carts will be on display at 12 Kroger and Scott’s Food locations in Fort Wayne. Local retailers may request a display at their location by contacting the City 427-2715.

“We are working toward maximum exposure for the new recycling program,” said Director of Public Works Bob Kennedy. “Displays at widely shopped stores will hopefully encourage residents to sign up for their new all-in-one recycling cart.”

The city will host a press conference toward the end of December to announce additional details about the cart distribution, which is scheduled to begin January 2011.

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