Norfolk looks to bring curbside recycling to downtown

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by David Ham

WVEC.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 5:40 PM

NORFOLK--The City of Norfolk is working to bring curbside recycling downtown.  

The service is available to residents of the city's waste collection program -- about 60,000 households and 1,600 small businesses.
 
The gap in service is for about 200 residents and businesses downtown.
 
"Because of space issues and resource issues, we didn't expand downtown," states John Deuel, the city's recycling coordinator.
 
Ken Suddith lives downtown and says not having curbside recycling is an inconvenience.
 
"It's certainly more difficult.  It would be a challenge. You'd have to find someplace else to take it and put it in your vehicle and take it," he says.  "It's very strange.  I don't really understand. I guess there's some challenge with the streets with it being busier, but it is odd."
 
Deuel says the city has formed a recycling committee and is collecting data from a survey to find a way to bring curbside recycling downtown.
 
"The space issue is difficult to put more containers downtown, so we're looking at creative ways to get certain multi-family places to work together and perhaps businesses to work together," adds Deuel.
 
Norfolk also wants to provide and promote recycling to pedestrians in downtown. There are more than 200 trash receptacles downtown, but none of them sorts trash from recyclables.   Officials want to change that, too.
 

 

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