Some changes have been made to the Town’s recycling pickup, having mainly to due to what plastic items will be accepted.
“ust so everyone is aware, there are some changes to what is accepted, most notably when it comes to plastic items. These changes should make things much easier on our residents,” said Councilman Paul Cooper.
The materials in question are plastic food, soap and beverage containers. Anti-freeze or motor oil containers, furniture, plates, tableware, medicine bottles, plexiglass, fast food containers, snack bags and Tupperware containers are to be placed in the trash and not the recycling bin. “It had been a source of some frustration for residents who want to do the right thing and recycle, and after they put everything into the bins they come out to see some items were not being collected, like chip dip containers and other containers along that same line, because they didn’t fit a certain requirement in terms of shape. Allied Waste looked at this issue and said they could work with it because this is something that is good for the environment and this is something that is helping the residents of Evans.”
He went onto say that he feels town residents have been happy with the service provided to them by Allied Waste, though this is an issue that needed addressing. Cooper praised Allied Waste for openly tackling the situation.
“Since we went with Allied Waste under this contract, the people of Evans have been happy with the service they have been getting. There was one issue that kept coming up and that was that there was a difference in what recyclables were being collection as some plastics were excluded where they hadn’t been before. This is something we have discussed numerous times with Allied Waste and I give them credit because they didn’t ignore the requests of the people even though they are a big corporation. To their credit, what they did was they changed this program around to be more inclusive of plastics.”
Cooper said that there are going to be some growing pains with any changes, especially changes of this type. He added that it will take time to fully work itself out.
“With a change such as this, there’s bound to be a learning curve. We’d love to say that these changes are going to fix the issues 100 percent, but it’s tough to say anything will be 100 percent. We just ask that our residents work with us on this. It’s a learning curve and we are all going to work with this.”
As an advocate for recycling, Cooper praised the efforts of the residents of Evans for their dedication to cleaning up the environment.
“The people of Evans have been top notch when it comes to recycling, and they haven’t been dumping these items in a ditch or trying to hide them in their garbage so it ends up in our landfills. You have to give the people credit and hopefully they will continue these efforts. It’s certainly my hope that through these actions and continued education through events like our Environmental Fair that these residents are not only learning something but also passing it on to the next generation. I think it starts here with the next generation.”
Residents with questions, comments or concerns are urged to contact the Town Supervisors office, which can be reached at 549-5787 and/or Allied Waste, who can be reached, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm at 1-800-283-4220 or 614-3333.
“If there is a problem, and for some reason your recyclables are not getting picked up properly, please call the Supervisors office and either I will be contacted or Allied Waste will be contacted. Either way, we will make sure your issues and concerns are addressed and taken care of promptly.”
In other board news:
• A Special Use Permit was issued to We Care Auto to operate a vehicle sales and service facility at 7312 Erie Road for a one year period following a public hearing.
• Andrew Yusick was appointed to the Town Zoning Board of Appeals for a term ending December 31, 2015.
• The Board approved a donation of $500 for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Shore.
• One 2009 Ford Crown Victoria and one 2008 Ford Crown Victoria were declared surplus and will be sold at auction.
• A bid for the dredging of Sturgeon Point Marina was awarded to Stock Services, 727 Bennett Road, Angola, at an amount not to exceed $25,800.
• Lake Erie Beach Cleanup Day will be Saturday, April 20, from 8am-1pm.