How do 30 bins save the city money?

WTHI File Photo
WTHI File Photo

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – 30 donated recycling bins doesn’t seem like a lot but Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett thinks otherwise.

“It is for us. We’ve got about ten fire stations, police station, when you count our physical locations where we have multiple people, that will cover us just right.”

This city is doing things never done before to become a greener community. Additional recycling options in all city facilities is just one more step.

“It’s the next step in the process for us to be responsible employees of the city,” said Mayor Bennett. “Just trying to do more than the city’s ever done in the past to make a difference.”

Why so important?

Recycling that one pop bottle you drank today may seem it doesn’t help much. Well, that’s where you’re wrong.

Not only will the city will save thousands of dollars from these 30 bins, but it’s a proven fact community recycling not only impacts the environment we’re in right now, it helps build sustainable communities.

“We don’t need to be sending all this material to the landfill, it’s very expensive for all of us, and it’s just about trying to do something positive here and reuse these materials,” said Bennett.

Starting change right where it should begin.

“Planting trees, recycling, all those things are really important to set the tone. We want to encourage the community to participate; obviously, we need to be doing it ourselves,” said Mayor Bennett.

You’ll see these new bins at city hall, the government campus, the police station and all city fire stations.

This is part of a national recycling bin grant program from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola foundation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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