24-hour recycling to begin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Starting this week, Concordia residents will have 24-hour recycling available.

Region F Solid Waste Management District Environmental Education Program Specialist Debbie Brackman said a permanent recycling container will be placed on city property in an alley behind Beerman Heating and Cooling.

Brackman said patrons can drive their cars directly up to the site and deposit their items in the container.

The area is "well-lit" and "convenient," Brackman said.

The placement of the permanent container will replace a monthly, single-day collection of recycable items, which took place behind the Concordia Community Center.

"The public wants this and my recyclers (monthly volunteers) want it," Brackman said. "It will definitely be an improvement."

Many of the same rules for the monthly collection day apply to the new site. Brackman said the container is for paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans.

Items not allowed include glass, plastic bags, large furniture items and metal objects.

The container will be provided by WCA Waste Corporation at zero cost to the city. Brackman said she will monitor the container and, when it is about half full, she will request it be emptied.

When she presented the idea to the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board had concerns about elderly residents lifting heavy boxes or bags of recyclable items to dump into the container.

Brackman said, she will be available to help anyone who needs assistance.

Her contact information will be available through the city. She hopes to have a link to recycling information placed on the city's website to help educate the public.

Brackman said many of the monthly volunteers who help dump residents' recycled goods are in favor of the switch.

Many of the volunteers had trouble committing time to run the monthly collection and some older volunteer groups were becoming unable to continue helping.

Contact Nathan St. Clair at

concordianreporter@centurytel.net

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