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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 08/21/13
Bruce Township resumes
recycling with changes
by CHRIS GRAYThe Bruce Township recycling center is open for eco-friendly waste disposal once again.
Observer Staff Writer
The township has teamed up with surrounding communities to bring EcoRewards recycling to the area, setting up boxes in the parking lot of the Township Hall on East Gates Street on Aug. 19.
Clerk Susan Brockmann said by joining with other communities to sign up for the service, the cost will be lower than what was previously paid for recycling.
"They'll pick all of the boxes up on one day, so it's an economy of scale thing," she said.
The service will cost $35 for every pick-up, with collection happening once a week. Brockmann said the rate is guaranteed for three years and will result in a $1,000 a year savings for the township.
The program will differ from the previous recycling service. Known as "single stream" recycling, all materials can be dumped into one box instead of having to separate them. However, the township will no longer collect glass or batteries.
Accepted materials include paper, plastic, metal and cardboard. Plastics should be washed out before disposal, and cardboard should be flattened to conserve space. Paper can be tossed in loosely or placed in paper bags, not plastic, while shredded paper must be in clear bags.
"If we can keep it in simple parameters, we can keep the recycle center going," she said.
Brockmann said the service will not require identification, but is intended for Bruce Township residents only.
"We're just asking people to please be conscious, it's back by the Township Hall and park and new fire station," Brockmann said. "We're stressing that we want to keep it clean and garbage free."
A notice from the township states residents wishing to recycle batteries can do so at businesses such as Battery Giant or Batteries Plus.
A grant from Enbridge was provided to the township in order to improve the recycling center. The funding went toward building a new fence at the collection site.