Everybody is “going green” these days in efforts to minimize human damage to the planet. Fairfield residents’ efforts to recycle are not only a part of that worldwide “going green” effort, but it’s earning some green as well... to the tune of $6,200 for the first half of 2007. If the trend continues, Fairfield stands to earn more than $12,000 for the year.
According to the Butler County Department of Environmental Services (BCDES), Fairfield is among the the top communities in Butler County in percentage of waste recycled in the first half of 2007. During that time frame, Fairfield recycled 10.4 percent of its total waste. Only Oxford turned a higher percentage with 15.4 percent.
To reward communities, BCDES provides incentive awards for promoting recycling. A new scale is being introduced that rewards communities — like Fairfield — with even higher amounts for successful efforts.
Those with minimal amounts of recycling earn only $7 per ton in incentives, with maximum awards of $22 per ton for the highest performers. Fairfield’s success level earns $17 per ton, the second highest award level.
Under the new rate structure, Fairfield could earn incentives of more than $31,000 during 2008.