The first week of San Mateo County’s new trash collection system has seen a boost in the amount of garbage collected.
Recology San Mateo reported that in the first three days of service, it took in a 78 percent increase in the average daily organic materials collected and a 31 percent bump in recyclable materials collected. The company took over service Monday.
Recology is using the CartSMART program, a three-bin system that allows all recyclables in the blue cart and allows food scraps in the green cart, in addition to the brown cart for all other materials.
The company has added customer service representatives and 11 trucks to handle the increased number of clients.