Editor’s Note: The video above is from a previous report
The new program, which city officials say will “reduce contamination from curbside recycling, reduce program costs and improve efficiency of waste collection operations,” comes after the FOX 8 I-Team revealed all recycling collected in Cleveland simply goes to a landfill.
According to city officials, the city picked a new recycling vendor earlier this year but couldn’t reach a contract agreement.
City hall revised the program’s starting date because services for a new vendor need to be rebid.
Back in April of last year, the I-Team exposed that all recycling collected by city crews goes straight to a landfill. City hall, then, said it would set up a new program.
In August, a city official predicted it would start by November. In November, the mayor’s office predicted a December start date. Halfway through this month, the city told the I-Team, “The restart date has not been confirmed.”
Now, city officials predict a start date in the first quarter of 2022.
The city recently signed up 27,000 customers to take part in the new program. More households will be able to opt-in to the program in spring of 2022.
Specific items that can be recycled through the program depend on the capabilities and equipment of the vendor. Those details will be given at a later time.