Clovis is giving recycling another go with containers in the Albertsons and Wal-Mart parking lots and a recycling center at the city landfill.
The program started in January with 30-yard long containers. Each has compartments for tin cans, cardboard and plastics, according to city Public Works Director Clint Bunch.
The city started a recycling program in 1992 but that pilot program fizzled after six years.
Bunch said if the program goes over well, the city could issue recycling bins for homes.
“That’s a possibility in the future,” he said. “We’re just having to see how this goes and get the public educated on the benefits of recycling and then maybe in the future we can be an eco-friendly city.”
He said the program will continue indefinitely.
Bunch said the city aims to conserve space at the landfill with the program. Establishing a recycling program will qualify the city for federal and state grants for the landfill, Bunch said during a November Public Works Committee meeting.
The container at the Albertsons supermarket parking lot is available on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A public works employee will be on site to show residents how to use the containers.
The containers in Wal-Mart and the landfill are available daily, Bunch said.
When the containers are full the refuse will be sorted and bundled into 800-pound to 1,100-pound bails, according to Bunch. He said the city will sell the refuse to recycling centers.
The program comes at no cost to the city, according to Bunch.
“We’re using existing employees and existing containers that we already have,” he said.