there's the new "Chatham Recycles" sign at the Transfer
A little further
on, there are many more signs that recycling is on the rise in
Manager Jeff Bremner reports that numbers are up on most items.
"Plastics, cardboard, junk mail, books and magazines are
doing particularly well." he says. "For example, cardboard
recycling tonnage for July, '07 is more than double that of July,
there are several reasons:
clearer and helping people learn what can be recycled has already
saved the town considerable money this year."Everything
has a place to go, and often people don't realize that what they're
about to toss in the blue building can go over to the wood pile,
or to scrap metal, or in the cardboard bin instead."
(So when a Transfer Station representative says "Did you
know we recycle that?" be patient, folks. They're helping
you and your town!)
addition of Plastics #3 thru 7 at the Recycling Area has deducted
significant volume from the waste stream (5.41 tons from May
to July alone, the equivalent of 3 truckloads). Plastic is very
lightweight, so the recycling of this extensive category results
in much less "fluff", therefore fewer truckloads of
trash going off Cape. "Every load we divert from SEMASS
saves the town money in fuel, man hours, vehicle wear and incineration
fees, plus it's being recycled." says Bremner.
customers are recycling more too. Bremner believes they're realizing
it's good business, reducing their disposal costs. Paying to
dump all that cardboard simply makes no sense. (Be sure to support
your local recycling businesses!)
The Town of
Chatham has also increased recycling efforts in its offices and
various departments. (Hear, hear!)
The two new
containers for aluminum cans and plastic bottles at Lighthouse
Beach are doing their job too (and then some!) Clearly, beachgoers
want to recycle. Bremner says it's taking time to arrange the
right pickup schedule. "They're either overflowing or half
full. It's pretty unpredictable, but we'll get it worked out."
He also believes
the ChathamRecycles.org website, Chronicle columns, stickers
and AmeriCorps volunteer have all helped increase awareness.
And that shiny
new sign at the entrance? People seem to love it!
for more signs, folks, and keep up the good work!
By the way,
Bremner's current recycling rate goal? 35%.
Let's all do our part to get Chatham there...and beyond!
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