Christiansburg considers curbside pickup for recycling

Currently residents have to take their recycling to drop-off locations

By Erin Brookshier - Virginia Today Reporter

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Recycling may soon get easier for people living in the Town of Christiansburg. The town is currently seeking proposals for a curbside pickup plan. 

The change would mean people in Christiansburg will no longer need the pile all of their recycling into their car and drive it to one of the five drop-off locations throughout the town. Instead, they could put it all in a designated recycling bin and wheel it out to the road once a week just like they do for garbage collection.

It's a plan that still in the early phases right now. Jim Lancianese, the town's public works director, says the town is seeking proposals from private contractors as they work to get an estimate of how much the change is going to cost and the work that will go into it. 

Blacksburg has recently made the switch to curbside pick up for recycling as well, getting Christiansburg a model to look at as they work to get their own plan in place. 

"Blacksburg has done it for several years. I spoke with them a little bit, did a little research through them and I think it's made a big impact on their citizens," says Lancianese. 

Once those proposals come back, the town will move forward with putting the recycling plant into place. The next step is getting the funding to make it a reality. 

One of the biggest factors that led to the change is how much recycling has grown in Christiansburg over the past few years. The town used to dump the community drop off bins two or three times a week, but in the past couple of years the amount of recycling has grown so much they're having to do it more often.

The request for proposals started last year. Lancianese says this has always been a bigger goal for the town. It's even included in the Destination 2022 plan. 

There's no set start date for when the curbside recycling will be put in place, but the town is hoping for early 2018 or spring at the very latest.

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