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Residential curbside recycling comes full circle
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From press release
ROSCOE, Ill.–Remember when a homeowner packed all their trash in a single trash container and brought it out to the curb without separating out any recyclables. Those days will be back very soon if a Roscoe company operating throughout the stateline area has anything to do with it.
Clean Construction & Recycling LLC, http://cleanconstructionrecycling.com, 1325 N. Second St., Roscoe, Ill., is leading the charge to change the way homeowners manage their recyclables and trash in preparation for pick-up.
“Recycling has come full circle,” explains Ed Schmitt of Clean Construction & Recycling in Roscoe. “Now, homeowners no longer have to separate their recyclable items and have them picked up separately for them to be recycled properly. All they have to do is place all their recyclables and garbage in one single container. We’ll handle the separation and recycling. The key here is no more curbside separating of recyclables is necessary. We’ll do that.”
Schmitt also indicated that significant cost savings should accrue through collection efficiencies when this form of trash collection and recycling is implemented by local municipalities. “In an era of increasing costs and higher municipal budgets, opportunities offering communities cost-effective solutions like this cannot be overlooked. We want to participate and help the process.
“There will be cost savings to the municipalities and to their residents because they will be able to designate that all trash and recyclables are picked up in a single truck, with just a single pass by each residence. Fleets of trucks, with multiple compartments, passing the same locations, are redundant, costly and polluting. They are no longer necessary. Homeowners will save time by not having to separate paper, cardboard, plastic containers, tin and aluminum cans, bottles, etc., etc., from the main trash container and then make an extra trip to take the recyclables out to the curb.
“We know the time- and cost-savings are there. We are currently sorting recyclables out of the trash portion collected from residents in the area,” Schmitt explained. “Once recyclables are left in with the trash, we will sort those out as well. In total, we can recover and recycle a higher percentage than is currently being recycled by the curbside separation process alone. Communities should see the amount of residential recyclables immediately increase and in many cases double the current amount being recovered when they separate them from the trash. All that needs be done is to throw all the trash and recyclables together. We’ll do the rest.”
Clean Construction & Recycling operates the Roscoe Transfer Station and serves Roscoe, Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Rockton, Beloit and South Beloit, ranging outwards 50-75 miles in the stateline area. The separating process takes place at the company’s Material Recycling Facility, also known as an MRF or “Murf.” This recycling operation triage sorts the materials from a combined refuse stream of Municipal Solid Waste, MSW, or better known as “trash” or “garbage.” This separation is sometimes referred to as a “Dirty Murf.”
What’s next? To bring this change about, Schmitt encourages homeowners in the area to contact their elected officials and political leaders and voice their support for this time- and cost-saving approach to trash collection that also increases the amount being recycled. “Ask them to contact us.”
For municipalities desiring more information, contact Clean Construction & Recycling, 13125 N. Second St., Roscoe, Ill., 815-636-2267 (815-636-CANS).
From the Oct. 13-19, 2010 issue
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