Expect to see new, 92-gallon recycling carts this week, when the city will be distributing them to prepare for the new Single Stream Recycling Program that goes into effect Aug. 1.
Now, residents can throw recyclable paper, metal and plastic into one big bin on wheels.
“This will increase the ease and comfort with which we process, as well as cut down on the cost [of recycling in Milford]," Robbie Silver told the Board of Aldermen at City Hall on Monday night as she presented the new program with another SMART Committee member, Barbara Lambert.
Along with the new carts, citizens of Milford will be given stickers to put inside the bins, to assist them in knowing what – such as cardboard, glass and paper – and what not – such as telephone books, plastic bags and regular garbage -- to put in the bins.
Silver and Lambert answered questions from the aldermen such as whether the elderly will be able to take the 92-gallon bins to the curb. They should be able to.
According to Silver, many other cities have already successfully initiated Single Stream Recycling with similar bins. Those who tried using smaller bins were less successful.
In closing, Lambert said, “I hope everybody takes this seriously… I know if we ask the citizens of Milford to accept the challenge, they’re gonna do it.”
Mayor James Richetelli thanked all those who worked at making the Single Stream Recycling program happen.