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THE SIGNS ARE THERE

First there's the new "Chatham Recycles" sign at the Transfer Station entrance.

A little further on, there are many more signs that recycling is on the rise in Chatham.

Transfer Station 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, '06."

Bremner feels there are several reasons:

Making categories 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!)

The recent 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.

Commercial 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!

Stay tuned 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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DID YOU KNOW? The Chatham Transfer Station has FREE COMPOST! BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bin, Box, Bucket, Buick) and take all you need!

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How We're Doing
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