Milwaukee moves city recycling to biweekly pickup beginning June 1

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- The city of Milwaukee is ramping up its recycling program.

Beginning June 1, recycling will be picked up every other week for one-to-four unit households. Initially it was once a month, and then every third week before this change.

Sanitation services will also provide more than 18,000 new recycling carts to residents currently under the old 18-gallon bin service.

It's not just a good move for the environment, but it makes financial sense too.

"About 40% of the raw materials that manufacturers are using for products and packaging comes through recycled goods," Rick Meyers with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works said. "So our industry relies o the participation of everyone to properly sort and recycle their materials."

The new every-other-week setup will run from June through November. During the winter months, the schedule will be fluid as trash and recycling trucks are repurposed for snow removal. 

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