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If You Place The Bins There, They Will Be Used

It was an experiment to be sure, and nobody really knew if it would work or not.

Knowing the volume of tourist traffic that descends on Lighthouse Beach in the summer, it only made sense to offer recycling options at that popular location.

By the end of June a pair of modest containers were stationed at the top of the stairs leading to the beach -- one for recyclable plastic, the other for recyclable aluminum cans.

Within a day, it was immediately apparent what a great idea it was. Cans and bottles were literally spilling out of the containers, graphic testimony that it wasn't only wise to offer recycling options at this remote location, but that once offered, the general population would enthusiastically recycle what they brought with them to the beach.

The official figures aren't in yet, but anyone who has ventured to Lighthouse Beach and seen both local residents and visiting beach goers utilizing the recycling containers can't help but feel good that Chatham is indeed making a proactive effort to do the right thing by making recycling the easy and natural option.

It's clear that the pilot recycling program at Lighthouse Beach recycling has indeed become an overnight success, but now it's time to adjust:

It's apparent that we should place larger containers (or more standard recycling bins) at Lighthouse Beach to be able to accommodate the volume of recyclables generated at the location during the peak summer months. Since this is a pilot program, special attention should be spent anticipating the level of success if similar recycling containers were placed at Ridgeway and Hardings Beach, and  hopefully at one or two locations within the downtown business district.

Chatham WANTS to recycle -- the increased participation at the town recycling center and the Lighthouse Beach pilot program clearly attest to that.

Insuring that Lighthouse Beach can handle the volume of recyclables seems essential and the lessons learned from the pilot program will make expansion of remote recycling easier to initiate.

Chatham can be known as Cape Cod's most 'recycling-friendly' town -- if we just take things one bin at a time.

spot illustration © 2007 by Bob Staake - All Rights Reserved

article by BS

 

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Chatham's Diversion (formerly Recycling) Rate:
2016 (at half-year) 39%
2015 32%
2014 29%
2013 30%
2012 37%
2011 42%
2010 29%
2009 20%

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ChathamRecycles.org is the official website for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Chatham, Massachusetts. Whether you are a business, a year-round resident or are simply visiting our community on Cape Cod, we ask that you do the right thing and start recycling today! The Recycling Center can be found at the Chatham Transfer Station at 97 Sam Ryder Road Chatham, MA 02633 508.945.5156 email. For a map and directions, please click here