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Case Study: Valparaiso, IN

  • Project Type: Cart Rollout
  • Total Households Served: 2,300
  • Projected New Tons/Year: 460 
  • Year: 2018

In 2018, we granted Valparaiso, IN with infrastructure funds to complete their city-wide cart rollout, putting the final 2,300 needed carts on the ground to bring single-stream curbside recycling to the whole city.

Additionally, The Partnership created a campaign that educated all 32,000 residents on what to recycle to ensure everyone was on the same page.

“The Recycling Partnership has provided the City of Valparaiso with not only funding, but also the necessary resources and assistance to ensure our recycling program yields great results in the years to come,” said Kimberly Sut, Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the City of Valparaiso’s Department of Public Works. “These 2,300 carts will help Valparaiso increase participation, capture more high-quality recyclables, and make it easier for our residents to do their part.”

The City teamed up with Valparaiso Public Schools to educate students, too. Together, they hosted a “Cap-etition” to boost the recycling of bottle caps. The caps collected were made into chairs, as pictured above, and donated back to the schools as a reminder of how recycled materials can become something new.  

Talk about a helping hand.

Photo: (L to R) Katie Brooks, Bryan Dishman, Brent Dickson, Nate McGinley, Kimberly Sut.