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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:42 pm 
Starting Monday February 27 the new recycle bins will begin to be delivered to every resident with a currant recycle bin on their curb on their respective recycle day. These huge 65 gallon, forest green bins will be lifted by the old, hand me down side loaders once used by the trash collectors who now have new trucks.

Every pound of viable recycled material brings us a 3 fold return:
1. Each pound is sold for above collection and delivery cost to the next level recyclers;
2. Every pound that is diverted from the landfill prolongs the life of the landfill and its obscene cost to close, move and open a new landfill, about $2 million;
3. Every pound of recycled material used for new products reduces the impact of mining, chemical and petroleum for virgin plastics and trees cut down for paper as well as reduced pollution of land, rivers and oceans.

Imbedded on the lid of each bin is a pictorial of what can and cannot be placed in the bin. Too much forbidden materially, especially dead animals can cause a whole compressed truckload to be dumped in the landfill thereby reducing our return on investment and overall benefits of the program as outlined above.


 Author: crow
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:14 pm 
The delivery start date for the new 65 gal bins, that replace the 25 gal bins has been pushed ahead to the week beginning February 27 through March 3. The Town had not received the instruction booklet that will be attached to each new bin.

 Author: terry
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:08 pm 
Beginning Monday Feb. 27 the Town of Silver City will begin delivering new green recycling curbside carts to all residents who currently recycle. The new 65-gallon carts will replace all the old smaller recycling bins. They have about the same footprint so they will not take up much more space. The carts have wheels so they will be easier to take to the curbside. The carts are designed to be automatically picked-up with a side-loading truck dedicated for recycling.

Distribution will be on your normal recycling day between February 27 and March 10. If you do not get a cart or would like to begin recycling using the carts, call Public Works at 388-4640 to request a cart. The curbside recycling program is free to all Town of Silver City residents and businesses that have a utility account for garbage service. Collection of recycling using the new green carts will begin March 13th. You should stop using the old bins then.

Residents are already familiar with using similar carts for trash. Just roll them out to curbside on collection day by 7:30 AM and be sure to leave at least three feet on either side of the cart for the truck to pick them up. Using side-loading trucks dedicated to recycling will make for a much more efficient system and eliminate the labor intensive and physically demanding collection process required for the old bins.

The lids of the new carts include a graphic representation of what can be recycled, and the printed instructions that will come with the carts also can be posted on your refrigerator to remind you. Both also have a QR code symbol that when scanned with your smartphone will take you to the Town of Silver City website with information about recycling. For additional information about recycling and to find out where to recycle things that don’t go in the cart contact the Office of Sustainability at 575-519-8987.

There is no change in the items that can be recycled. All types of paper such as newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes and phone books can be recycled. Cardboard is recyclable but boxes should be broken down to fit in the cart. Because of the grease, pizza boxes should not be placed in the carts but in your trash. Plastics with a recycling symbol and number on them can also be tossed in the cart. Aluminum and tin cans are acceptable but food residue should be rinsed out. Cartons such as milk, juice, soup and beverage containers can also be tossed in the cart to be recycled. Food scraps and liquids should not go into the cart.

There is no need to sort what you put in your cart -- just toss it in loose. Do not put your items in plastic bags. It is impossible to tell if bags contain recycling or trash. Also it makes more work to open the bags to sort the contents when they get to the processing center in Tucson. Plastic bags and plastic films from packaging should be recycled at Albertson’s, Food Basket, or WalMart.

You can continue to use the recycling bin to hold your recycling before putting it in the cart. They can also be repurposed for other things. If you do not have a need for the old bins you can drop them off at the Office of Sustainability, 1106 N. Pope St., Monday through Thursday. You can also exchange them for a smaller 6-gallon bin perfect for indoor use.

Most downtown businesses will not get carts and Southwest Solid Waste Authority will continue to have their recycling picked up using the bins they now have since it is difficult to access downtown locations.

If you do not get a new green curbside recycling cart and would like one or if you have problems with collection call Public Works at 388-4640.

Terry Timme

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