Area 1, Route 5
Collections Staff: Jessica Fusillo
Our Recycling Bin Survey continues…
For those of you who missed us last week, our field staff is checking blue bins to see how well our recycling message is making it to the curb.
At 6:57 am this morning, in a small townhome community off of Tuckerman Lane, it was just the crows and me…
It’s week two of our survey, and my hands are so cold they hurt—I think they are turning blue. No, maybe it’s just my pen…
Each bin and can has its own story to tell…
Ah, perfection! This is an A+ example of a set-out for a townhouse. There's a small blue cart for paper; a blue bin with glass, plastic, and metal; and a trash can.
Oops! Here is a mixed-up bin! It looks so neat, but alas, has so many issues. What’s wrong with this bin? (Hints: Foam packaging is trash. The box is made of wood. The paper needs to be bundled.)
Now, about that wire—perhaps a coated metal is a stretch but… let’s move on to the next address. Paper in a plastic bag is in desperate need of a cart, a second blue bin or being bundled into that department store shopping bag that's peeking out.
Dirty containers and unbundled paper make it difficult to keep our "dual recycling stream" (cans, bottles, jars, lids and containers; and paper) clean.
Hmm, this bin has too many plastic bags! Again, a second bin or a townhouse paper cart would resolve this situation.
Please avoid plastic bags for recyclables which don't fit into your blue bin. Call Montgomery County's Customer Service Center at 311 or go online to request a new blue bin or a paper recycling cart!
Technically this is a good use of containers; however, as you can see, that overflowing paper in the bin causes "litter before collection". Loose paper also makes it difficult for our collection crews to dump the paper into the hopper of the truck without spilling more paper.
Solution: Use one of the boxes in the blue cart and stuff it with the paper overflow!
What are your suggestions for helping us recycle more efficiently with our dual stream collection system?
In Montgomery County, we process and collect paper separately from bottles and cans. All of the collected material is transported to our Materials Recovery Facility, or "Recycling Center", where it is sorted and readied for market. This facility is located at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station on Shady Grove Road and is open for tours!
-- posted by Jessica Fusillo, Collections Field Staff