Eric Barker and Gerald (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.
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 this goal by demonstrating the community’s demand and interest in having single stream curbside recycling.
While this petition was a great success, there’s still more work to be done. The Recycling Action Network will be working with the borough Public Works Committee to implement a single-source curbside system, and will continue to bring the need for better recycling to the attention of the council.
If you would like to become a member of the GMO Action Network, contact Gerald (G) Smith.