SYRACUSE -- A green waste recycling program that looked like it might never get off the ground has grown to include almost 1,300 households.
City Manager Robert Rice disclosed the number of households that have chosen to opt into the city's new recycling program following a recent council meeting.
The number represents an achievement of sorts because the program had fewer than 500 people enrolled when it began earlier this year.
Rice said the city hired a temporary employee to call and promote the program with residents, helping to boost the number of participants.
The city's voluntary program costs approximately $6.50 a can and runs from April 1 to Nov. 30 of this year.
Mayor Jamie Nagle said the program will help officials gauge the level of interest in recycling.
Green waste consists of lawn cuttings, clippings from bushes or shrubs, leaves, garden waste and produce.
City officials have said the cost of using the green waste container is less than the cost associated with a second container for normal trash.
They have suggested the program costs could go down if participation levels are higher than anticipated.
A number of Davis County communities, including Woods Cross, Bountiful, Centerville and Farmington, have implemented curbside recycling programs.