Eric Barker and G Smith presented a Single-Source curbside recycling petition on behalf of the Center for Community Growth at a meeting of the Indiana Borough Council on Tuesday, March 5th. The petition contained over 200 signatures collected from community members over the course of 2 weeks, and requested that “The Borough Council of Indiana…contract with a provider to set up a single-stream recycling program for residents of Indiana,” and that the program “should permit recycling all recyclables from one container.”
The petition was first announced at the opening screening of the Center’s 2013 Film Series: A New Economy in late February, where audience members were given an opportunity to sign the petition. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Environmentally Conscientious Organization (E.C.O.) also volunteered to take the petition to IUP campus, where they gathered signatures from students who support having an improved recycling system.
Single stream recycling for curbside pickup would be more convenient for borough residents by eliminating the need to sort recyclable waste or transport material not accepted by the current program to the Homer City recycling center. Some petition signers pointed out that Indiana’s current program makes it difficult for most people to recycle, especially for residents who are elderly, disabled, or are otherwise unable to travel to Homer City to drop off their materials for processing. Implementing a new curbside program would make it possible for more residents to participate, and may also increase awareness about the environment within Indiana.
Indiana Borough Councilman John Hartman is chairman of the Public Works Committee, and is already committed to establishing a single stream recycling program in Indiana. According to the Indiana Gazette, Hartman and the Public Works Committee have been actively studying single stream recycling, and are encouraging the Indiana County Solid Waste Authority to implement such a program in the borough. The Center’s petition provides needed support for Hartman, the borough council, and the Public Works Committee in their continuing efforts to achieve this goal by demonstrating the community’s demand and interest in having single stream curbside recycling.
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who signed and distributed our petition over the last few weeks, and to the members of the Borough Council and the Public Works Committee for their continued dedication, hard work, and service to our community.
(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush)