It is possible that you’ve seen it driving along Outer Drive or around town; the large truck with “Curbside Recycling” stamped on the side, hauling a trailer full of trash cans. Casper Curbside Recycling provides recycling pick-up services for both residences and businesses twice per month in and around the Casper area. For $15 per month they brave all weather conditions to help the citizens of Casper recycle.

Focusing on convenience, the service picks up on their customers’ trash pick-up day and provides two bins to the customer for collection in the home, and a calendar outlining pick-up days upon signup. Casper Curbside Recycling picks up plastics labeled 1 and 2, (found within the recycling triangle symbol on the bottom of plastic containers), newspaper, magazines, white office paper, shredded paper when bagged separately, aluminum cans, tin, corrugated cardboard, and all types of glass. Collectors sort plastics on the spot for their customers’ convenience. Curbside recycling pick-up is not limited to residential service however, businesses are included as well.

For businesses in their service area, Casper Curbside Recycling offers a Businesses that Care program. When a business signs up and chooses to recycle it is given a sign to put in the window, is mentioned on Facebook, and receives a listing on Casper Curbside Recycling’s website.

Recycling has the potential to make a significant positive impact on our community environment, and when combined with other communities, in turn, can have a global impact.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, “Recycling and composting prevented 87.2 million tons of material from being disposed in 2013, up from 15 million tons in 1980. Diverting these materials from landfills prevented the release of approximately 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air in 2013—equivalent to taking over 39 million cars off the road for a year.”

“We wanted to make it convenient for people who were already recycling and to inspire others to get started too,” said Heather who co-owns Casper Curbside Recycling with her husband Brad.

It might seem astonishing that a service like this exists in Casper, but Heather, a full-time nurse, and Brad, a full time fire fighter began the business out of their love for Wyoming and its pristine landscape, according to Heather. They consider themselves a typical Wyoming family. They like the outdoors, wildlife and, like every other Wyoming parent, they want their kids to grow up and experience nature. Keeping Casper Clean and Green is their slogan because they feel it is important to protect and preserve our natural resources.

Growing the business is a priority for Heather and Brad. Recently Casper Curbside Recycling has initiated a relationship with some of the schools in the Natrona County School District, teaching children of all ages how to recycle and signing schools up for the recycling program.

“The kids really get into it!” said Brad. “They take huge ownership of recycling with gives them a sense of purpose. It teaches the next generation to take care of the environment. It’s Wyoming. We want to keep it pristine and beautiful.”

According to Heather Casper Curbside Recycling wants to keep waste from building up in the landfill, to keep growing, and to maintain good customer relations. Treating their customers as they would like to be treated is a top priority.

If you would like to utilize Casper Curbside Recycling’s services go online and sign up at http://www.caspercurbsiderecycling.com.

Kristin Schaeffer