Diamond Bar will become the first unincorporated community in California to offer curb-side recycling as the result of a $69,000 state grant announced last week by Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier).
The money will be used to provide 4,000 households in the northern part of Diamond Bar with separate containers for paper, glass and aluminum. The grant is part of $432,000 collected from unclaimed deposits on bottles and allocated by the state Department of Conservation's Division of Recycling.
The financial return from recycled materials should pay the cost of operating the program after its first month, said Phyllis Papen, president of the Diamond Bar Improvement Assn., who applied for the grant on behalf of the community. "We feel confident the program should be self-sustaining once we get it going," Papen said.
If the pilot is successful, Papen said she hopes the program can be expanded to serve all 60,000 Diamond Bar residents.