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BLUEFIELD (NEWS RELEASE) -- The City of Bluefield Curbside recycling program finished its fifth full year of operation December 31, 2012 with a flourish! The program passed the 750 ton mark (1.5 million pounds) in total recyclable material collected and set several records. The first hundred tons collected took 14 months to accumulate. The most recent hundred tons collected took only six months. This success can be attributed to the hundreds of residential, nearly 90 business, and three city school participants. One other factor in the growth and strength of the program is the number of different items collected has increased from three to eight, the last of which, mixed paper, has received tremendous response since it was added in October of 2011.

Three new individual records were set in 2012. A new one truck load record of 3,880 pounds was also set on October 8, 2012 thanks in large part to the Bluefield State College Library recycling outdated magazines and periodicals. The library has now finished this project, with approximately 13,000 pounds of paper recycled over a seven week period, which in the past would have been dumped in a landfill. Saving space in landfills and conserving natural resources are two of the main goals achieved by the recycling program. 

A new one week record was set the third week of October, 2012 when 14,100 pounds of recyclable material was collected. This in turn helped spur a new one month record of 40,720 pounds of material collected in October, 2012.

The city's program also averaged a record 17 tons per month in 2012 and continues to have steady growth. New recyclers are always welcome to join this free service provided by the City of Bluefield.  

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