Commercial recycling in Gilbert has grown from 33 tons of collected recyclables in August to 42 tons in November.
The growth show’s the city’s commitment to its Go Green, Gilbert campaign, a spokeswoman said in a press release. The town hopes to divert 30 percent of what would normally be sent to landfills to be recycled. Currently, Gilbert has an 18 percent residential diversion rate. Commercial and business diversion rate is just two percent, but the town is reaching out to additional businesses to increase that number.
“We are reaching out to our local businesses and offering this service, free to them, as a way to be friendly to our environment, and to also divert the costs of processing waste that can be reused, to a landfill,” said Lou Andersen, the town’s solid waste manager.
Gilbert encourages online requests and correspondence as an easy way to begin collection at www.gilbertaz.gov/recycle. On the same site, businesses and residents can learn more about what can be recycled, and all of the green programs Gilbert offers, including compost bins, bulk trash and year-round household hazardous waste collection. Additional questions can be directed to the town at (480) 503-6400.