Recycling carts heading to local households beginning June 20!

Thousands of Emmet County households will be receiving 64-gallon recycling carts for their paper, boxes and bags this month. And with distribution beginning June 20, Emmet County Recycling’s staff has entered their final countdown in preparation for launch of the carts. Single-family households and some multi-family buildings in Emmet’s current curbside recycling district will receive the carts.

The participating communities are Harbor Springs, Petoskey (including Bay Harbor) and Little Traverse, Bear Creek and Resort townships. First up in continuing preparations for the distribution of the carts is an event to convene and recognize the program’s funders. The cost of the carts, their distribution, and education about their use is being shared by 16 funders, including local, state and national corporations, foundations, government units, and nonprofits.
The funders include noted state and the national recycling leaders. The carts are being manufactured by Cascade Cart Solutions of Grand Rapids. The carts will be molded from #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic with up to 30% post-consumer recycled content. At the same time, Mitchell Graphics of Petoskey is printing and bagging how-to information to accompany the carts. They are using 100% post-consumer recycled-content paper for these pieces. Distribution will start on June 20 and continue through June 30.
“The key things residents need to know about recycling with the carts are that they’ll be recycling the same things, sorted the same way, but with much more space to contain it all, and that the rolling cart is for their Paper, Boxes and Bags,” said ECR Director Elisa Seltzer. “Their totes will now be for the Mixed Containers.”
The curbside recycling program will be collecting the same materials it has been, sorted into the same two “dual stream” categories: · Paper, Boxes and Bags in the new rolling carts, and · Mixed Containers in customers’ current green totes. Mixed containers includes metal, plastic and glass containers, as well as paper cartons and cups. Addition of the rolling carts will triple households’ capacity for recyclables at the curb. The carts have been designated for the Paper, Boxes and Bags stream because, though some households generate a greater volume of Mixed Containers, the curbside truck drivers observe that most have more volume of Paper, Boxes and Bags.
Also, while the containers are easily corralled in the 18-gallon green totes currently in use for curbside recycling, customers often struggle to contain their cardboard in the totes. “Even many mail-order boxes will exceed the dimensions of a recycle tote,” noted driver Grady Smyley.

Recycling Department Communications Coordinator Kate Melby (from left) is pictured in Harbor Springs at the Ellsworth home (mom and daughter, center) with Bill Dohm, Little Traverse Township Supervisor, and Grady Smyley, Recycling driver.

For more information, residents can visit or call 231-348-0640.
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This entry was posted in DPW, on June 9th, 2016

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