CITY HALL — Glendale has exceeded an ambitious citywide recycling goal two years earlier than expected, officials said.
For the past 10 years, at least 50% of all city waste was diverted from landfills through an assortment of city recycling programs, according to state law. But in 2006, Public Works officials challenged the city to bump up the so-called waste diversion rate to 60% by the end of 2011.
Calculations on trash and recycling levels show that the city diverted 61% of all trash from landfills in 2009, according to figures released Friday.
"It's certainly a great achievement that makes us really proud," Public Works Director Steve Zurn said Monday. "We couldn't have done this without the tremendous support and participation of the public."
Zurn attributed the city's success to an expansion of commodities accepted at the city's recycling centers and an increased focus among commercial customers, with more than 1,000 additional recycling bins distributed in the past few years.