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Recycling survey to be taken May 10 PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

In an effort to promote and expand recycling in Imperial, the streets will be swarming May 10 with youth surveying the public.
The students, mainly members of FFA, Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Consumer Leaders of America at Chase County Schools, will be contacting residents in 40 different sections, covering the entire town.
They will be asking residents if they recycle, what they recycle, what they would be willing to recycle and why they don’t recycle.
Residents will also be asked if they would be willing to pay to have recycled products picked up.
The survey is part of an ongoing project by the city of Imperial and WasteCap Nebraska. The city received a grant from WasteCap to determine how to make Imperial a zero waste city by recycling and reusing items rather than sending them to landfills.
Three  other communities in the state have been chosen to participate in the project.
Spokesperson Chris Funk said, “We want to introduce the idea that you can significantly keep things out of the landfill. At some point Nebraska will run out of landfills.”
She added “Plus, there’s a lot of toxins in landfills.” About 40 students are expected to participate in the survey, which will be taken from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
They will be recognized by the recycling t-shirts they will be wearing.
Those residents answering questions will receive a reusable shopping bag, funded by WasteCap and the Environmental Trust Fund.
They will also receive a flyer that explains the rules of recycling and the benefits of reducing waste with the city’s volume-based trash disposal system.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said, “Our hope is that we can get a good idea of how many people are participating in the recycling program and what we can do to increase the involvement.”