Instead of picking up recycling on a weekly basis, the City will now collect the larger residential recycling loads on a monthly basis, the FIRST FRIDAY of each month.
"After lots of research, discussion with other municipalities facing the same issues and talking with residents that have diligently delivered their recycling materials to the pilot program drop-off location at City Park, we think the new program will offer many benefits to both residents and the City," Richie Haynes, Assistant City Manager, said. "While utilizing the weekly acceptance of recyclables at City Park on N. Aspen Street, we discovered many residents would drop off recycling every other week or maybe just once a month. The new large roll-outs will make it easier to collect more materials before each collection day, and it will be easier to get the roll-out to the curb than to carry the current bin containers."
Another advantage, Haynes said, is that the recycling collection route can be mapped based on participating residents, so the trucks will have an efficient route based on collection addresses resulting in savings on gas and wear and tear on equipment.
A critical aspect to the program, and for all recycling programs, is proper separation of recycling materials from regular solid waste garbage. Lincolnton will be recycling three main products; aluminum/metal cans, plastics #1, 2, & 5, and paper/cardboard/newspapers. Adding unacceptable materials to the recycling roll-out will contaminate the load, which means it goes to the landfill. There will be reminders and examples distributed in the coming months to help residents recycle smarter by recycling the right items.
Glass will no longer be part of the curbside program and residents are urged to take glass recycling to one of the Lincoln County Convenience Sites. "There's no market right now for recyclable glass," Haynes told the City Council when the new program was discussed. "The County doesn't recycle the glass, but by having it separated, they can crush it so it doesn't take up as much space in the landfill. Our recycling program will not (for now) include glass, so residents should either take that to one of the County convenience sites or just put it in their regular trash."
Many recycling programs mandate that specific kinds of recyclables be separated...one container for aluminum cans, another for other metal cans, another for newspapers and another for mixed papers, and another for accepted plastics. Lincolnton's new program won't require that kind of separation. "You just have to put only acceptable recyclables in the recycling bin."
One common misconception is that plastic bags are recyclable. They are--but they are not included in recycling with plastic bottles, etc. "Those who want to recycle plastic bags should take them to their supermarket; most of them have collection containers for those bags."
The City will deliver recycling roll-out bins to residents starting in May. The first recycling collection route will run on Friday, June 7th and continue each month on the FIRST FRIDAY. More details, including recycling item lists, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and sign-up registration forms can be found on the City of Lincolnton website;www.LincolntonNC.org/Recycling.
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