The new containers are a big upgrade to the previous bins—they have wheels and a lid, not to mention double the space.
As the theory goes, the more space one has, the more recycling they'll do. County Public Works spokesman Matt Diehl said since the county began upgrading recycling containers from 32-gallon to 65-gallons, they've seen "a marked increase," in recyclables.
"It's simpler, it's easier, there's obviously more space, and people really like that lid," Diehl said.
Residents can keep their old containers for overflow recyclables, or put them out for collection. County workers will retrieve any unwanted old containers, clean them and reissue them to other residents. If they are in poor condition, they will simply be recycled.
Diehl said the department hopes to give all county customers the option of having the 65-gallon containers by the end of the next fiscal year in 2015.