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New Contract Will Make Recycling Much Easier For Residents

Aug 13, 2014 03:41PM ● By Bill Gilman
Recycling in Tewksbury is about to get a lot easier.
Beginning the week of Sept. 10, the town will begin Single Stream Automated Recycling. Residents will be putting all their glass, metal, plastic and cardboard recyclables into a 96-gallon blue container that will be collected curbside every two weeks by an automated collection truck.
According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, residents will have the barrels dropped off at their homes starting next week.
With an eye toward curb appeal, convenience and encouraging more recycling, the new barrels were included as part of the town's new contract with Allied Waste.
Prior to 2013, residents were required to separate their recyclables by type before putting them out on the curb. That changed last year, when the town went to a "single stream" recycling program, allowing residents to mix recyclables in the same container.
However, according to Montuori, residents were still required to provide their own containers, which contributed to messy situations on recycling day in some neighborhoods.
The new containers are intended to provide a more uniform appearance and provide plenty of volume for all types of recyclables. And all recyclables MUST be placed into the new containers, according to a press release from the town.
However, in case one container is not sufficient, residents may call the Town Manager's office at 978-640-4300 after Sept. 10 to request a second 96-gallon container.
As per the contract, there is no cost to residents for use of the containers.

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