The enthusiasm residents have shown in taking part in the automated recycling program has shown great returns so far, Cheshire Public Works Director George Noewatne said, but he wants residents to be cautious of what they recycle.
In a press release, Noewatne said he is encouraged by the amount that residents are recycling but encourages them to do extra checks to make sure that grocery bags and styrofoam are not being included in the collections. These items can damage the machines and lead to additional costs.
Noewatne said the best way for the program to succeed is through a strong partnership with residents to promote success. The program was first implemented last year and collections began in November.
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The following was released by the town regarding the new automated recycling program:
The Town of Cheshire would like to thank our residents for their cooperation and assistance in the implementation of the new automated recycling program. The new program has gone smoothly for the most part, however, there are several things that residents can do to insure its success:
- Please DO NOT place plastic grocery bags in the recycling containers. These bags are not recyclable (although they may be returnable to the store in which they were obtained), and they get caught in the processing equipment. Also, please remember Styrofoam is not recyclable.
- Please place all recyclables, including cardboard, INSIDE the containers; since the containers are collected mechanically, any recycling material that is not in the container cannot be picked up. Also, please remember that the old 18 gallon bins cannot be collected mechanically; only the new containers should be used.
- Please be sure to place your container as close to the curb as possible, with the wheels away from the street and the lid opening toward the street ("street side" is printed on the top of the lid), and at least three feet away from mailboxes, cars, bushes, or any other objects.
More information on this program, including a list of acceptable materials and the biweekly collection schedule, is available on the Town website at www.cheshirect.org.
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