The rate of recycling continues to rise in New Bedford.
It has now been eight weeks since the city rolled out its new automated curbside collection system for trash and recyclables, Since then, collection numbers have more than doubled.
Officials say the sharp increase in recycling and significant decrease in solid waste disposal will help New Bedford prolong the life of the Crapo Hill Landfill.
A side note: Beginning on Labor Day, the City will issue warnings if trash and recyclables are not properly set out on the designated collection day. The grace period for non-compliance will expire on September 30, 2014 and violations will result in fines thereafter.