HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - On Earth Day, Harrison County Utility Authority reported record-setting recycling numbers. A six month progress report indicates that customer participation rates have climbed.
More than 50 percent of the recycle routes show remarkable improvement. The Utility Authority has just released recycling numbers from October 2018 through March of this year.
Tonnage of recycled materials increased 18 percent to 2,009 tons, and 19 of the 30 recycle garbage routes performed above the average participation rate of 29.7 percent.
“We have increased our participation over our old contract, and people who are recycling are actually recycling more materials. As they get in the habit, on a per customer basis, we’re seeing double the amount of recycling from the ones who are recycling,” said HCUA Executive Director Donald Scharr.
HCUA believes going with the rolling carts went a long way towards pushing the numbers up.
In Biloxi, seven out of eight routes performed above average, with a participation high of 46.6 percent.
D’Iberville recorded the route with the highest single month participation rate at 49 percent, with nearly 1 of every 2 households recycling in December 2018. In Long Beach and Pass Christian rates clocked in with 46.5 percent during the six month period.
In the grand scheme of things, the authority is pleased because they believe recycling is such an important element in environmental stewardship.
Education seems to be raising awareness for recycling, and the numbers prove it.
More recycling translates to less garbage at landfills. HCUA put out an Earth Day challenge, encouraging customers to up the participation by 10 percent in May.