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Waynesboro converting to 'single-stream' recycling

December 25, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger talks about the larger recycling bins that borough residents will start using next month.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — New recycling rules are coming to the Borough of Waynesboro for 2013, and the municipality’s 4,300 Waste Management customers will be getting larger recycling bins.

The borough is converting to a “single-stream” system, meaning all recyclables can be placed in the 64-gallon bins, regardless of type. Those bins will be delivered to customers the week of Jan. 7.

“It’s on wheels. It’s relatively light,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said of the bins.

On Wednesday, Hamberger talked to the Waynesboro Borough Council about the new program. The council recently approved a three-year contract with Waste Management.

The quarterly fee for trash service remains $58.20.

Customers can keep their old, smaller recycling bins or turn them upside down on the curb to indicate collectors should remove them, Hamberger said.

Recyclables are picked up every other week.

Brown paper bags, soda bottles, cans, office paper, newspaper, magazines and junk mail should be put in the recycling bins. Customers cannot recycle Styrofoam, plastic bags or packing materials.

Computers, televisions and similar materials need to be taken to state-approved facilities, which include the Washington Township (Pa.) Transfer Station east of Rouzerville, Pa.

Recycling is mandatory in the borough, Hamberger said.

“This should significantly reduce the amount of trash you have,” he said of the single-stream system.

More information about recycling is available on the borough’s redesigned website at www.waynesboropa.org.

At $700,000 per year under the new Waste Management contract, borough officials said they will be saving $23,400 annually compared to what the municipality paid in 2012.

However, those savings will not be passed onto customers because administrative costs, such as employee health insurance and mailings, have gone up, Hamberger said.

Waste Management customers also can lease a 96-gallon bin from the company for $6 a quarter. Those bins can be obtained by calling the company.

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