Tis the season to recycle
by Courtney Stevens
Dec 08, 2013 | 2085 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Christmas fast approaching that means presents and presents mean boxes and boxes mean recycling.

Cleveland Public Works plans to bring in a large bin within the next few weeks so residents can recycle the extra paper and cardboard during the holidays.

This bin will be placed by the depot in downtown Cleveland, where five containers already exist.

Recycling receptacles are also at public works on Old Miss. Highway 61 in what used to be the Color Tile building.

The city recently approved larger receptacles, allowing residents to recycle even more.

Residents can drop off items there 24/7. However they can only make drop offs at public works between 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While the Cleveland Beautification Committee, RES, and Cleveland Public Works plan to continue to grow the recycling program it is important for residents to understand that by recycling items, there is less trash pickup.

Cleveland Public Works Director Ray Bell said recycling might have benefits for taxpayers by reducing trash collection fees.

He said the city trash and sanitation fees that appear on residents' water bills cover not only picking up garbage but street sweeping, cleaning the gutters, picking up limbs, and other jobs the public works and RES do to keep Cleveland beautiful.

"I went to a recycling seminar a couple of weeks ago and learned that if people would start recycling more there would be less on the street and the garbage bill would change because they could run once a week rather than twice a week," said Bell.

When the holidays are over public works will also begin picking up Christmas trees.

According to a brochure produced by the Cleveland Recycling Commission, "If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year."

Statistics show that each American generates 1,609 lbs. of trash per year and that it takes about 700 years for a plastic bottle to decompose.

The program has mixed paper bins, plastic bottle bins, aluminum can bins, steel can bins, and plastic bag bins.

"We can only recycle one and two plastic," said Bell.

To be able to know if a plastic is number one or number two, the type of plastic is designated with a recycling symbol and a number in the center on the bottom of the plastic container.

The recycling program cannot recycle number three or number seven plastics.

Also, the recycling program cannot recycle paint, oil, plastic number three through number seven, chemicals, hardback books, glass, milk cartons, paper towels, tissue, medical waste, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, pie tins, aluminum foil, juice cartons, food soiled items, and ice cream cartons.

Though it's not a necessity, removing the caps from plastic bottles would be helpful as they are usually a different grade of plastic.

It is also recommended not to bring boxes with a waxy coating, like pizza boxes and to rinse out cans and pour out liquids.

All materials that can be recycled are listed in the recycling program pamphlet.

As the holiday season continues if residents remember to recycle their cardboard boxes and such in order to decrease the amount of garbage in the county.