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City will offer recycling bins

January 14, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Up to 1,000 Hagerstown trash customers each will get a free 18-gallon recycling bin, the city said Monday.

The city's Engineering Department will deliver the bins. Residents can have bins delivered by calling the Recycle Hagerstown line at 301-739-8577 ext. 106 and leaving their name, phone number and the address where the bin should be delivered.

The bins are for voluntary mixed paper recycling, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Mixed paper is defined by the city as office paper, computer paper, colored paper, newspaper, cardboard, mail, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, adhesive notes and folders.

Residents can place the bins at the curb on Wednesdays after 4 p.m. for Thursday morning collections.

The paper should be put in the bins, or bundled with twine or string and placed in a paper grocery bag or a reusable container, he said.

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Tissue said recycling could save money.

"Recycling mixed paper assists the city and its residents financially" because it will decrease the tipping fee the city would otherwise have to pay the landfill, Tissue said.

Some residents currently put out mixed paper but not in bins, Tissue has said.

The city thinks the bins program will increase the number of people who recycle, he said.

"If the 1,000 bins purchased in this pilot program yield an increase in the amount of mixed paper being recycled, then we will analyze whether we should purchase more bins," Tissue said.

In early November, the Hagerstown City Council authorized Tissue's request to give the bins to customers.

The $4,950 cost of buying the bins would be funded with a small surplus in the refuse collection budget, Tissue said.

The city also will start a public information campaign to encourage recycling, he said.

Reporter Ashley Gordon contributed to this story.

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