The town-endorsed curbside recycling program has yet to begin, and it's already getting better.
Roadrunner Rubbish, one of the original participants, has dropped out of the program, clearing the way to make curbside recycling available to all Rim country residents regardless of which provider collects their trash, said Tyler Tabar of Arizona Recycling Curbside Specialists, the company that will now operate the entire program.
Tabar said curbside recycling is still tentatively scheduled to begin Nov. 13, at an annual per household cost of $19.20.
The method of collection, which is called a two-bag system, is simple. Participating residents simply put newspapers, magazines and junk mail in clear recycling bags and bottles, cans, aluminum and plastics in blue recycling bags. When the bags are removed each week by ARCS, new bags are left for the following week.
Pick-ups will take place on the same day as participants' regular trash pick-up, but smaller vans and trucks will be used.
Rim country residents interested in signing up for the curbside recycling program can call ARCS at (480) 759-1437 or send a check for $19.20 to ARCS, 16443 S. 43rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85048, and include your phone number.
The Town of Payson is still holding educational presentations on the new program at local schools and for other groups and organizations upon request. To schedule a presentation, call Jeff Durbin at 474-5242, ext. 2379.