More orderly recycling implemented

May 12, 2009

St. Francis residents must place their garbage containers at least 3 feet from their recycling carts if they want Waste Management curbside collection.

Residents also are being directed to place their garbage and recycling containers at the end of their driveway or at the edge of the alley as far from their garage as possible.

"We became aware of the change earlier this year when residents called and said the recycle hauler was not separating the recyclables," City Engineer Melinda Dejewski said. "We then called and started getting some information."

Waste Management crews are picking up more types of recyclable materials, such as all types of plastic, aluminum foil and pie tins, Dejewski said.

But officials are concerned that residents' carts may fill up faster.

Residents can place items on the side - not the top - of their cart if they are too full.

Dejewski has contacted Waste Management about offering pickup once a week rather than every other week or ordering larger recycling carts for residents to prevent carts from overflowing, but she has not yet gotten a response back.

Accommodations can be made for those who do not have a driveway or access to an alley, she said.

- Chantel Balzell,

Staff Writer

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