Recycling changes happening next week
Bettendorf is going “all in” next week as single-stream recycling starts Aug. 1.
The move to single-stream — in which residents put in all numbered plastic containers except Styrofoam and plastic bags — is because it encourages people to recycle more, according to studies cited by Kathy Morris, director of the Waste Commission of Scott County.
Pickup will be every-other-week. The city’s bulky waste pickup also will increase to every other week, to coincide with recycling pickup.
Under discussion since 2003, single-stream is expected to bring in about twice the amount of recyclable material as the current system, Morris said.
Your old green carts will be picked up curbside on your first recycling day in August. Residents should have received a mailing in mid-July telling them which week to set out their cart, depending on where they live. New calendars also will be sent.