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Recycling pickup adds customers despite rate hike

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The Dispatch wrote City’s curbside pickup adds customers despite 2008 rate hike

Sunday, May 25, 2008

BY ROBERT VITALE

Columbus officials who killed a $389,000 annual subsidy for curbside recycling worried that they might doom the program to a downward spiral of higher and higher costs and fewer and fewer customers.

But since February, when new customers began paying 65 percent more for weekly pickup of their bottles, cans, paper and plastic, the private company that runs the optional city service has been stopping at more Columbus curbs.

Despite the $3.25-a-month fee increase, which on June 1 will extend to pre-February subscribers as well, curbside recycling has grown by 410 city households.

News of the fee increase, it seems, had an unforeseen benefit, officials say. More people found out that curbside pickup is available in Columbus.

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