Recycling schedule juggled

Residents of the City of Warren will need to make note of several upcoming changes to the recycling program, effective immediately.

According to Mike Holtz, director of the Department of Public Works, the City of Warren has been divided into seven sections for recycling collection purposes. All of the sections will be subject to a schedule change due to the separation of section one (Eastern City limits down to and including Central Avenue) and section two (Central Avenue down to and including Jackson Avenue) into two separate collection days.

The new schedule for 2013 is available on the city website. According to Holtz and David Hildebrand, planning and development administrator, doorhangers were distributed to all residences in the fall outlining the new changes.

The change is due to an expansion in services. This involves what the city can now pick up to recycle. Previously, only number 1 and 2 plastics were able to be collected. Now city residents can set out plastics number 1 through 7 for recycling.

These new items include plastic containers such as cooking oil bottles, disposable cups, butter tubs, mouthwash bottles, and other household plastics. Residents are instructed to discard the cap, empty the container, rinse it, and crush.

“We are becoming a full service recycling detail,” said Holtz. The new expanded services will cost residents $2, which is billed at the bottom of their sewer bills.

With the recent buy-out of Veolia Environmental by Advanced Disposal, customers can expect to see traditional garbage truck-style vehicles in lieu of the lengthy rectangular vehicles customers are accustomed to.

“They’re the same people, same trucks, just a different name,” said Holtz. “Don’t be surprised if you see a garbage truck outside picking up your recycling.”

The absence of the compartmentalized trucks is due to updated technology which allows customers to co-mingle plastics, aluminum, and glass in the cylindrical containers instead of sorting them into different containers.

Paper, cardboard, and magazines are still to be placed in the rectangular bins with the lid.