Could Rochester get rid of the blue recycling bins?
The city put out a Request for Proposals for a consultant to examine its residential and commercial recycling pickup system. Right now, people put recyclables in a blue bin alongside their garbage totes on pickup day. Workers separate the items in the blue bins into one of two compartments on the truck – paper and containers. The city’s recyclables go to the Monroe County recycling center.
The city’s RFP comes on the heels of Monroe County contracting with Waste Management to run the recycling center. WM will move the facility into a “single-stream” recycling model. This means there will no longer be a need for residents and municipal workers to separate their recyclables. It’s done right at the plant.
Cities and towns that have gone to single-stream recycling often find increased recycling participation. It can also mean fewer workers are needed to man garbage trucks. In some cases, residents are given large recycle totes to replace the blue bins. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on what’s happening in Onondaga County:
A garbage hauler that serves 20,000 homes is starting to replace the blue bins with much larger, lidded plastic containers.
The recycling and garbage containers will be picked up by an automatic truck, eliminating the need for anyone on the truck but a driver.
Dependable Disposal passed out the new 95-gallon cans to 2,200 households the company serves in Onondaga Hill and Baldwinsville. If it’s successful, Steve Morgan, the company’s owner, plans to expand. He is the sixth-largest hauler in the county.
There are lots of benefits to the 95-gallon can. It holds as much as seven bins. It can fit an entire pizza box: No crushing needed. And it has a lid — no newspapers flying around the neighborhood and no soggy boxes.
It would not be surprising if the city study results in this kind of plan. Suburban towns, depending on their contractors, could also make the switch as the county goes to single-stream recycling.
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