HURON — Households on the city solid waste department’s Monday collection schedule have begun receiving the first of more than 1,000 recycling containers.
Two crews are delivering the blue containers with yellow lids to the front doors of residences so people are sure to see them. The Monday schedule kicks off the entire citywide recycling program next week.
As of Monday, 1,053 households had signed up for the recycling program that the City Commission approved late last year. Solid Waste Superintendent Dale Fortin expects that number to rise.
“People will start seeing these (containers) at their neighbors and they’ll also call in,” he said while he and Bob Hentzi were dropping them off to homes along Lawnridge Avenue Southeast Tuesday morning.
“That’s what we’re thinking is going to happen,” he said. “After we get the ones that have signed up first, then we’ll go back and get those that are signing up (now).”
The recycling program is voluntary, but all city utility bills will see a $2.25 increase beginning in July to pay for it. Those who choose not to participate will still be charged.
But Fortin is hopeful that the city can either keep bills from rising — or possibly even lower them — in the future because a considerable amount of materials will no longer be in the solid waste stream bound for burial.
“If we can get a reduction in our solid waste hauling to Pierre to a landfill, they will see a savings on the garbage side,” he said.
“So the more people that sign on and the more reduction we have, the more savings we’ll have going to the landfill,” Fortin said.
As a reminder, it is a commingled program, with all eligible materials going into the container. They include junk mail, tin and aluminum cans, clean and dry plastic containers with the recycling triangle, plastic bags, telephone books, paperback books, office paper, newspapers, magazines and corrugated and flat cardboard.
The city is asking residents not to set their recycling container out at the curb or in the alley unless they are at least one-third full. It’s for fuel efficiency, but also because the containers are light and susceptible to tipping over in the wind.
Deliveries of the containers are being done in one quadrant of the city per week over four weeks.
For example, containers will be delivered next week to households that have Tuesday collection of garbage and compost.
Each container can be identified with the specific house where it belongs through GPS. Owners of containers insufficiently filled or which have non-eligible materials — like glass, for example, that will contaminate an entire truck load — will be subject to a $25 fine if there are repeat offenses. The lids have illustrations of what can be placed in the containers.
“We’re really trying to watch it and get everybody educated right off the bat,” Fortin said.
People who don’t have recycling containers or don’t live in city limits can bring their commingled recyclables to the city rubble site at no charge.
More recycling information can be found at the city’s Web site, www.huronsd.com.
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