Recycling in Columbiana County is up almost 25 percent through July compared to the same period last year.
Chris Jacobs, the executive director of the Carroll/Columbiana/Harrison Solid Waste District recently released the information.
“We have seen a large increase in the number of people using the [recycling drop-off] sites,” he said.
Jacobs said he believes “People are finally starting to get the message.”
He’s been with the program since it began in 1994.
The estimated 2009 Columbiana County disposal total was 71,000 tons. That figure included residential, commercial and industrial waste. He deals mostly with residential waste.
The residential program accepts paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers and green, brown and clear glass bottles.
In the residential category in Columbiana County in 2009, people recycled 5.3 tons of appliances, 6.2 tons of electronic devices, and 797 tires equaling 10.2 tons.
He believes that recycling is gaining popularity because of the bad economy. People who want to tighten their budget can do so by recycling. The savings comes when people take items that can be recycled to the local drop off point for free. Recycling cuts curbside removal charges from garbage haulers.
“It’s very easy to do,” he said.