|Posted by Anne Siren on September 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM|
By Judy Vik
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea – Commissioners and the public got a preview Tuesday of what’s ahe sad as the town prepares to launch a recycling program.
The goal is to revitalize interest in recycling and increase participation by residents and visitors.
Commissioners approved a plan that calls for several changes in sizes and colors of carts.
With the new plan, each household will receive a black 65-gallon trash cart and a blue 65-gallon recycling cart. The town currently uses the 96-gallon blue carts for trash collection.
Residents also can request a 35-gallon blue recycling cart or keep the 96-gallon blue cart for recycling. Multi-family units can keep the larger trash carts.
In explaining the changes, Bud Bentley, assistant town manager, said the town is replacing the blue carts with black for trash because blue is commonly viewed as the universal, international indicator of recycling.
Also, the blue carts now in use in town for trash have the name of the vendor, Choice, imprinted on the side. That will be replaced with LBTS information.
Any household can keep the blue 96-gallon cart for yard waste. It will be re-labeled “yard waste only” and will be emptied at the same time as the trash cart. Over the next year the number of households using the yard waste cart will be measured to help decide whether the town should start a yard waste collection program.
If there’s enough interest, the town will ultimately go to green carts for yard waste.
The advantage of diverting yard waste from the trash stream is that it reduces disposal costs, according to a report provided commissioners.
The recycling program will be funded by a $121,429 grant from the Resource Recovery Board of Broward County, meant to stimulate single-stream recycling. The money covers the cost of carts, an educational program, community outreach and hiring a coordinator.
All recyclable materials - aluminum, paper, plastic, glass and steel cans - will be collected in a single container. Curbside bins will be replaced by the blue, rolling carts.
The aim is to distribute the new carts by the end of this calendar year, Town Manager Connie Hoffmann said. The commission already has authorized purchase of the carts.
Commissioner Stuart Dodd, who has been pushing for more recycling for years, described the program as “exciting.”
“If we can achieve 90 to 95 percent of people recycling, it will make a big difference in our costs,” Dodd said. “We get a double benefit. We don’t pay for what’s recycled to go to the trash and we get a credit [for the volume of recycled materials.”]
The change to a blue cart for recycling will require an educational campaign, Bentley said. Direct mail pieces will be sent to each resident explaining the switch. Information will be published in the town’s magazine, “Town Topics.” And the sides and top of recycling carts will have imprinted information. The lid will have an imbedded label showing types of items that can be recycled.
Commissioner Mark Brown suggested an effort be made to engage condos to participate in recycling, such as providing small containers for inside the units.
“I think there is a willingness to recycle – finally,” Mayor Roseann Minnet said.