By BILL KOHLER
9:49 PM EST, January 16, 2013
The words are in all caps on a bright yellow lid attached to the top of a large green barrel: RECYCLING ONLY.
Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger told the borough council Wednesday night that the rollout of the aforementioned single-stream recycling cans to about 4,300 Waste Management customers in the borough has been pretty smooth.
“It’s been going remarkably well,” Hamberger told the council, with a few exceptions.
Hamberger said each can came with a sheet of instructions, listing what was accepted in the can and what wasn’t.
Still, some residents have been using it for the wrong reasons.
“We have found that some people are putting garbage in these cans and are putting TVs out for pickup,” Hamberger said.
“If they do not have recyclables in there, they will not be collected,” Hamberger said.
The “single-stream” system means all recyclables may be placed in the 64-gallon bins, regardless of type.
This includes everything from magazines and newspapers to phone books and flattened cardboard and aluminum cans to glass bottles and jars.
“Just throw it in there,” Hamberger said after the meeting when asked if newspapers and other paper needed to be wrapped and bundled.
Customers cannot recycle Styrofoam, plastic bags or packing materials.
Computers, televisions and similar materials need to be taken to state-approved facilities, which include the Washington Township (Pa.) Transfer Station east of Rouzerville, Pa.
“Recycling ultimately saves them money,” Hamberger said of customers. “It helps keeps costs down at the landfill.”
For more information, residents may go to the borough’s website at www.waynesboropa.org or call 717-762-6012.
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