In 2010, the citizens of Le Mars recycled 813,110 pounds, compared to 595,720 pounds in 2009 and 174,550 pounds in 2005 when the city's recycling program started, Cole said.
This increase in recycling translates into more savings for the City and its citizens. Cole said that garbage placed in the gray trash totes costs the City -- and thereby its citizens -- $43.50 per ton, while garbage that is recycled in the blue totes doesn't cost the City anything.
By recycling more than 800,000 pounds last year -- an increase of 217,390 pounds from the previous year, the City and its citizens saved $18,000, Cole said. He cites the recycling program as the reason why the monthly charge for trash pick up for residents was lowered by $2 last July.
"Using the blue totes and recycling works. It is a win-win situation," Cole said. "Save the environment and save real dollars."