Recycling pick-up updated for week of Jan. 12

Friday, January 10, 2020

The City of Greencastle is continuing to work with Republic Services to resolve several recycling issues, the Mayor’s Office said in a press release Friday.

Republic will not be picking up recycling the week of Jan. 12 (even week pick-up). Residents whose recycling is scheduled for pick-up next week should not put their recycling toter out.

Residents may check their bins for any unacceptable materials. Such materials can be transferred to their regular trash bins.

Updated information on acceptable materials can be found on the city’s website – under the Resources tab, see “Trash and Recycling.”

The city is preparing a mailing to all trash and recycling customers that will include information on recycling, updates on acceptable recycling materials, and examples of unacceptable materials.

Watch for further announcements through local media and social media.

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  • When I reviewed the list of unacceptable items in previous story, I found I should not have been putting my shredded paper in the recycle bin.............I will not do that anymore! I really thought all paper items were ok. I was glad to see this list.

    -- Posted by JamesBond1972 on Sat, Jan 11, 2020, at 10:25 AM
  • To me this has been an issue in miscommunication from the get go. I recently moved to the city, and when I signed up for trash in November of 2019, I was given the following list of acceptable things to put into the recycle toter:

    - Newspapers, colored and white paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, & phone books

    - Lightweight cardboard - such as cereal boxes

    - Corrugated cardboard - please break down the boxes

    - Plastic containers - Numbers 1 through 7 including milk, water, and soda bottles

    - Milk and juice cartons

    - Glass jars and bottles - please remove lids

    - Aluminum, steel, and tin cans

    That's it. This list is quite different from the one printed in the Banner Graphic a few weeks back. Are we supposed to check the Republic site on a weekly basis to see what we can and can't throw in to our toters? That doesn't make sense to me. Not everybody goes online or reads the paper, either online or print copy. While it seems wasteful, if policies change or if we need to be doing something different, then flyers or mailings seem to be the only way that you can reach all of your customers. I've received nothing telling me that I was in the wrong. They just took my toter (never to be returned I fear). From the list recently printed, I realize that I can't bag my recyclables nor can I include shredded paper. That's OK, I can follow those rules, but I'm not sure we'll get the chance. I'm fine, I'll do whatever I was doing prior to living in the city as far as trash and recyclables go, but it is a little disappointing that this has become so silly. Can we not just take care of this please.


    Dave Roberts

    Not to be confused with the Dread Pirate

    -- Posted by gfd622 on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 9:51 AM
  • Not my fight. I don't live in the city.

    If I did, I would encourage my friends and neighbors to deposit the recycle bins in City Hall's parking lot, and beg for another service.

    Just sayin'

    -- Posted by small town fan on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 2:20 PM
  • Regarding gfd622's comments, I agree with your description of this as a communication problem. Republic has said plastics #1-7. Now #6 is polystyrene, which gfd622 knows is -(CH2(C6H5)CH)n-, but Republic does not apparently accept styrofoam, which is expanded polystyrene. They do not make this clear. So they will take #6, but not foam #6. Apparently. Or not. Republic, your move.

    -- Posted by Rockypenguin on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 6:41 PM
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    GFD622 - I appreciate your making the distinction. I would hate to think that people would get us confused. :)

    I don't recycle - as the whole system is a boondoggle. But I am sure that Republic appreciates those paying money to make their job easier.

    I prefer the reduce and re-use side of the "green triangle".

    Newspaper and cardboard (non-waxed) make for great mulch/weed barrier that is biodegradable.

    Milk jugs can be used for a multitude of things... floats for catfish rigs, bird feeders, water storage, etc...

    If you cook fresh (and buy fresh), you can greatly reduce your consumption of plastic containers.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Jan 15, 2020, at 12:40 PM
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