The switch to bigger trash cans in Alton has also prompted an increase in recycling. Numbers are up 72% from this time last year, and Allied Waste's Manager of Business Development, Susan Piazza says they expect even more participation as people continue to get used to the ease of the process.

She says the city will receive a monetary award, to be used for a beautification or recycling project of their choosing, based on the amount of increase in recycling over the first 6 months with automated service.

Piazza comments

Incentives will be based on tons of recycling collected per month from April through September, compared to the same time frame last year. Award amounts are: $1,000 for 20% increase, $1,500 for 35% increase and $2,500 for 50% increase.

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