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Allied Waste to Provide Recycling Totes

March 29, 2011
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03/30/11 Monday night City Council members heard from Bob Stone of Allied Waste concerning the City’s recycling program.  Currently city residents use an 18 gallon red recycling bin at the curb for pickup.  If the customer has additional recycling they are allowed to use additional containers to place the various recycling items in.  Stone plans on providing city customers with a 95 galloon tote exactly like the trash totes expect it will be blue with a different colored lid that would also have RECYCLING stamped on it.

Stone explained that studies by various companies show an increase in participation with the larger totes.  Increases ranged from 5% to 12% with the averages being 8 to 10%.  He noted that providing a lager container makes it more convenient for customer participation.

There is no additional cost to the city.  The new recycling totes will allow Allied Waste to save a bit of money in labor because trucks will be used to pick-up and dump the totes.  They also expect to see an increase in the tonnage of recycling material that currently has a financial benefit for the company too.

Stone said they believe that people that currently recycle fill their bin and when it’s full place recyclable items in the trash.  The new larger totes will allow for many more items to be place in the totes and all items can be co-mingled.

Allied Waste has gone county-wide in LaPorte and Saint Joseph counties with great success.  Stone said they plan to have all their customers in Marshall County using the recycling totes in the near future.

It is anticipated that the new RECYCLING totes will be distributed to Plymouth trash customers in May with collection in full force by June.

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2 Responses to “ Allied Waste to Provide Recycling Totes ”

  1. AnnF on March 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I, too, have my reservations.

    If we place glass in these bins intermingling with the plastic and paper products, how will it be sifted out? I’m pretty certain that it would end up in shards at the end of the trip.

    What type of plastic will be allowed? I do recall that Allied waste has stated that it isn’t taking certain types because the price is down.

    I thought the point of recycling was for a greener Earth, not to turn a bigger profit. Heck, if that were the case, why would I recycle in the first place? Why don’t I just take it in myself, and add to my wallet?

    Will we still be allowed to put larger items around the can, or would they be “ignored?”

    Finally, my brother-in-law followed a recyclable trash truck to its destination where he lives. It turned out to be a landfill that the rest of the trash was being taken. Has anyone checked to see where Allied Waste is taking ours?

    Please, council members, do not take this at face value.

  2. CommonCents on March 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    But what about all the old ORANGE tubs we were using? What are we to do with these? For a city trying to become “Greener,” we sure do create a lot of refuse by obsoleting our garbage cans and recycling bins each year. Have you ever heard there is no such thing as a free lunch? There will be a catch down the road here. We just aren’t being told yet what it is. What the story fails to mention is that Mr. Stone eluded to the fact that a few years down the road he envisions we follow the same lead as what has occurred in California and that is residents are awarded gift certificates and coupons for participating and having a certain amount of recyclables. Yeah, I bet we’re all gonna get rewarded for our garbage. Sorry to be so critical, but that was dangling a carrot that will never happen in Plymouth. This is simply a way for the garbage company to save money because it’s more efficient for them to use a truck to pick up a 96-gallon toter rather than manually picking up the smaller orange tubs by hand. Let’s just see if the monthly rates we pay goes down soon as a result. Also, we’re currently paying an elevated garbage rate each month to pay for the new big green toters. So, when will they be fully paid for and when will the rates be reduced as a result. We’re all collectively holding our breath for that members of the City Council.