City's Recycling Efforts Adding Up

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Tons of trash at City of Topeka offices is no longer ending up at the landfill, thanks to a new program.

Topeka's Municipal Government was able to divert 21 percent of office waste during the past six months.

The result is that 24 tons of the 116 tons of trash generated was recycled. The goal is to have 50 percent of waste recycled by 2020.

The program was established last year. Recycling bins are now placed alongside regular trash bins.

It's part of the city's energy efficiency and conservation strategy. Other initiatives include switching to CFL light bulbs and LED fixtures, installing motion-sensor lights and implementing a real-time adaptive traffic signal system.