Kirkwood continues to clean up on curbside recycling, according to the company contracted to manage the program. The haul for the first half of the year is just above $200,000, according to the company's six-month report.
"Great job - amazing job. Nobody else is turning those kinds of numbers in St. Louis County," Gary Gilliam, sales manager for Resource Management Company, told the Kirkwood City Council on July 21. "I get calls from other cities asking 'How do they do that? What are they doing? What's different?'"
The key is "a lot of dedication," Gilliam said. He added it's also many, many years of work in recycling - since the 1970s with the city's recycling depository.
"I think the attitude overall is one of recycling," he added.
Kirkwood recycled 2,820 tons of trash, which is 43 percent of 4,949 tons produced in the first six months of the year, Gilliam reported. Resource Management paid the city $119,871 for this recycled material, and the city saved an additional $80,171 in landfill fees that would have been incurred had the recycled material been thrown away, according to Gilliam's data.