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Recycling upgrade coming this month

After debating and studying possible single stream recycling in Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson decided to undertake the project in house.

Waste Management had proposed handling the recycling effort and even offered to take over the normal garbage pickup if the city wanted them to do that.

They currently handle single stream recycling in North Little Rock, Little Rock and many other Arkansas cities.

They made presentations to the City Council and offered to provide each home with a huge green and yellow plastic recycling bin suited for their automated truck pickup which grabs the bin lifts it and dumps it into the back of a garbage truck.

Some council members expressed concern that the bins would prove to be an eyesore left in front of homes. One councilman said most garages are packed pretty tight and there wasn’t room in most for the large bins and the current garbage bins.

The City Council passed the decision on to Mayor Watson and he said he negotiated with Waste Management before coming to the conclusion that this approach would work best in Maumelle.material from another

He said the current blue open containers will be continue to be used for recycling except under new guidelines there’ll only be one item - glass - that the city will not take in the bins.

Anyone wanting extra blue bins can request them, officials said.

The collected items will be taken to a center in Little Rock where they will be separated and sold to be recycled.

This system can be changed if the city decides it want to work with Waste Management in the future and this decision saves the city money that they don’t have to pay to Waste Management. It’s a good first step one alderman said. We can try this and see how the residents respond to recycling.

The good news for Maumelle residents is that the program which officially begins on Feb. 24 is a single stream - meaning residents aren’t required to separate one type of material from another.

For example, newspapers can be recycled in the same container as plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

The details are on the city website at http://www.maumelle.org/.

Instructions from the city say, “City crews will continue picking up recyclables at the curb on a weekly basis and will be collecting additional items than previously accepted. Starting February 24th, you may add junk mail, office paper, magazines, cardboard, milk and juice containers (paper or plastic), steel cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs and newspapers. All containers containing food or drink must be rinsed out before disposal. Cardboard must be broken down or cut to lay flat. Glass, polystyrene foam (Styrofoam), plastic bags or any container that contains food waste will not be accepted. The existing blue bins will be used for all items. Please contact Public Works if you have any questions, 851-2812.”

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