Preventing loss or theft is an important consideration for the recycling containers, which cost the city $48 each - more than $200,000 for 4,700 roll-out containers. Kings Mountain was aided by a $100,000 grant for the purchase. Mayor Rick Murphrey said that the tracking technology was an important consideration in securing the grant funding.
The recycling initiative is a single-stream approach. Plastic jugs, aluminum cans, newspapers and cardboard boxes can be mixed in the new containers. Previously, residents had to visit a recycling center and separate different categories of recyclables.
For every ton of recyclables diverted from the landfill, the city saves $33 in tippage fees.