Curbside recycling

Curbside recycling arrived in Cleburne last week through Recyclops, a Utah-based company that hires private drivers to pick up recyclables every other week.

Cleburne residents and businesses may now take advantage of curbside recycling courtesy of voluntary subscriptions through Recyclops, a Utah-based company that’s borrowed a page from Uber’s playbook.

The service costs $12 a month for service every other week and Recyclops provides a 50-gallon yellow rolling cart to each customer.

The company’s first Cleburne pick up, last Wednesday, serviced 75 homes, Recyclops Director of Development Derek Michaelis said, adding that more customers have signed on in the days since.

“We’ve also had quite a bit of interest from outlying communities in and around Cleburne, Granbury and Burleson,” Michaelis said.

Prohibitive costs and logistical challenges hampered access to recycling for Cleburne residents in the past. The Cleburne City Council, by a 3-2 vote in 2014, denied a proposal to institute residential recycling citing costs among other factors at the time.

And, although residents may still drop recyclables off at the Cleburne Transfer Station, council members removed community neighborhood recycle bins in April because of misuse, vandalism and illegal dumping. Council members have, since 2014, not revisited the possibility of curbside recycling.

The Recyclops model, however, employs a tech-driven, smart-routing app and local drivers instead of garbage trucks.

“Current problems within our country’s recycling system won’t be solved until recycling is accessible and affordable to all,” Recyclops CEO Ryan Smith said. “There are 34 million rural and peri-urban homes across the U.S. That lack access to convenient, affordable recycling. We’re on a mission to change that one community at a time.”

Founded in 2014, Recyclops employs a sharing-economy business model to eliminate the logistical problems that previously kept recycling from many rural and other areas.

In addition to the Cleburne area, Recyclops operates in other areas of Texas as well as Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma.

“In addition to bringing recycling to the residents of Cleburne, Recyclops will also create jobs for local area contractors through its sharing-economy business model,” Smith said. “For every 60 households who utilize the service, one job will be created.”

To sign up for and/or learn more about Recyclops, visit recyclops.com/cleburne.

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