Surplus of recycling carts available for Ottumwa residents upon request

Last month, the Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center kicked off a pilot program to see if people would recycle more if they had a larger recycling container.

Over 50 select households in Ottumwa signed up for the program, and the recycle center delivered 35-gallon blue recycling carts to those residents. These new carts are triple the size of the red bulldog recycle bins.

â??Initially we had one area of town selected, and we offer those to every household in that area, and 52 of those households signed up, but we didn't want them going to waste, so we've now made that available to all of Ottumwa,â?? Janice Bain, Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Coordinator said.

Bain says they have about 200 bins leftover, and if you are interested in having one to contact the recyling center at (641)-683-0684.