WILMINGTON — Locals schools are the latest to take part in the city’s recycling program.
Earlier this month, all five Wilmington City Schools got a six-year cardboard dumpster and four blue 96-gallon toters.
“They were using Rumpke before,” said Landfill Superintendent Mike Crowe. “Late last year they said they were interested in switching over to us.”
Crowe said they had to build them five of the dumpsters since they didn’t have them in stock, as of yet. It took about two months to build, according to Crowe.
He believes the school decided to do because they wanted to support the City’s recycling program. He’s excited about them taking part in it.
“It’s more growth for us in the recycling program,” he said.
Curt Bone, Director of Business Operations for Wilmington City Schools, told the News Journal they switched to the city’s for multiple reasons. Among those are costs — Bone said the city is cheaper, plus they want to support city service. He added the city had provided superior customer service and are a phone call away if assistance is needed.
The schools are following the footsteps of other local establishments who are switching. Others include Oho Living Cape May and Dairy Queen.
These along other businesses getting recycling toters is another expansion for the city’s new recycling program which started earlier this year. In March, the city distributed 4,500 65-gallon toters to citizens after leaving the previous program.
Since the school year just started and the toters were just delivered to the schools, Crowe won’t really know the impact of them switching to their program.
He did say that with more people taking part in the recycling program it will possibly expand the city’s landfill up to 47 years.
“Of course, the more we keep out of the landfill, in the way of recycling, then the longer this landfill can last,” he said.
If a business wanted to take part in the program, all they’d have to do is contact the Landfill Department and ask.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574