Learning Imperial’s recycling habits
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
In an effort to understand Imperial residents’ recycling habits, and then make recycling more appealing, a survey of residents was taken Saturday.
Residents were asked if they recycle and if so, what. They were also asked why they don’t recycle if they don’t take advantage of the city’s program.
Ten students from Chase County Schools’ FFA, Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America asked questions all over town. They were led by FFA Advisors Jason Speck and Jeremy Vlasin.
Prior to the survey, the students learned about why recycling is important to the world. Leading the discussion were City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland and Chris Funk of WasteCap Nebraska.
That organization is helping six communities in Nebraska, of which Imperial is one, better their existing programs.
Funk told the students that Imperial is constantly being held up to other communities as a progressive recycling town.
That is mainly because of Imperial’s “pay as you throw” trash system.
All households pay $7 per month on their city bill for trash pickup. Residents then have the choice of paying $2.50 for a 30-gallon bag; $7 for a toter sticker to be used when the toter is full, or $30 for weekly toter pickup.
Leyland pointed out that if people recycle, there will be less trash in the toter, and therefore it won’t need to be picked up as frequently. That saves money.
Imperial has a 24-hour recycling center near the intersection of Highway 6 and Holland Street.
At that center, the following may be left for recycling—metal cans, paper and flat cardboard, glass and plastics.
All containers must be rinsed. No yard waste or clothing may be mixed in.
New recycle items
The city is now accepting all plastics numbered 1-7. In the past, only 1-2 numbers were being accepted. All plastics may be mixed together.
In addition, Imperial Super Foods and Hills’ Family Foods are now accepting plastic bags for recycling. No plastic bags may be left at the recycling center.
The results of the survey will be compiled and a committee formed of city employees, business people and WasteCap representatives will determine how to help Imperial residents recycle more efficiently.
Funk told the students that the more stuff that is recycled, the less stuff ends up in landfills, which can pollute groundwater and cause toxic fumes.