Arkansas City and Winfield both repor that they are starting to see positive results from the June 1st change in the shared recycling effort between the two cities. To maintain reduced contamination and costs, customer education regarding sorting and drop-off of materials at Strother Field is increasing, and Arkansas City no longer offers drop-off at its Central Shop. Annual city-shared materials costs rose from approximately $700 in 2017 to $225,000 in 2019. Since June 1st the two cities have seen a 95 percent “clean rate” in the corrugated cardboard stream and 70 percent in the mixed materials stream. Costs are down. Comparing June, July and August of 2020 to the same months in 2019, the two cities’ costs are reduced by about 75 percent.