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Recycler offers curbside pickup

Waste Pro Territory Manager E.J. Kruger talks Thursday about his company’s curbside pickup recycling program that started Monday in Albany and Dougherty County. (June 20, 2013)

Waste Pro Territory Manager E.J. Kruger talks Thursday about his company’s curbside pickup recycling program that started Monday in Albany and Dougherty County. (June 20, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- E.J. Kruger couldn't believe what environmentally conscious citizens of Albany had to do to recycle solid waste in the city.

So he decided to do something about it.

On Monday, Waste Pro, the Florida-based company for which Kruger is territory manager, started curbside collection of recyclable material in Albany and Dougherty County in what has to be one of the simplest processes for consumers.

"From what I've heard about the city's recycling program, they only accept a couple of materials and you have to separate them and then take the material to their facility (on Meredyth Drive)," Kruger said. "We make it easy for our customers. We provide a recycling bin, and every other Monday we pick it up curbside, alleyside or streetside, whatever is convenient for our customers.

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Waste Pro’s recycling program allows customers to place all recyclables in a common bin, no separating necessary. (June 20, 2013)

"We don't ask them to separate anything. I tell everyone, 'Just put anything from coat hangers to styrofoam trays in your recycling bin. We'll pick it up, and we'll separate it.' If it's got that little recycling triangle on it, we'll take it. It's a bold move on our part, but we believe it's a progressive move."

Waste Pro is one of several independent companies that collects solid waste in the unincorporated portion of Dougherty County. The city of Albany collects waste from residents who live within the city limits. There are differences in services offered by the various collection agencies, so an apples-to-apples comparison is not valid. But Waste Pro's monthly solid waste collection rate is $16.75, compared to $38 for city customers.

Kruger said cost of adding the curbside recycling service is $5 a month.

"Our company is a landfill diverter," the Waste Pro manager said. "The world is going green, and we're trying to get ahead of that because we think it's the right thing to do. It helps the environment, but it also cuts down on the solid waste taken to the landfill.

"We feel that we're providing a service to the community by helping prolong the life of our landfills. We keep six tons out of the landfill every week, and that keeps us away from the burden of having to build a new one."

City and county customers interested in Waste Pro's curbside recyclable service may call (229) 291-8534.

"We'll provide them with a single bin, and if it's not big enough, we'll provide a second bin," Kruger said. "If that's not enough, we'll get them a roll cart. We're just getting started here, and we're building our customer base by providing the best customer service in this industry.

"We've been here since December 2011/January 2012, and this is turning into a great market for us. One of our mottos is 'Whatever It Takes.' We strive to be the best."

Waste Pro, which features its unique "blue-sky, green-Earth" containers, has its corporate offices located in Longwood, Fla., and the company provides services in every Southeastern state.

"I tell folks we're the SEC of solid waste contractors," Kruger said.