To the editor:
On my walk around the neighborhood on Trash/Recycle/Yard Waste, I am constantly amazed at the ignorance of many in our community when it comes to placing the trash and recycle bins.
Today, out of about 60 houses, the bins were placed backwards at four of them. The instructions regarding proper placement are on the top of the bin, but I guess it is too much to ask people to read. On several dozen more, the bins were almost touching each other, or were next to a bush or mailbox.
When we received our bins some years ago, there was a brochure taped to the underside of the lid. This brochure explained that the bins should be at least 3 feet apart, and 5 feet from a mailbox. I suspect the brochure is still firmly in place on many of the offending bins.
These situations require that the operator get out of the cab to correct the placement. This impacts the cost of collection, and increases the time for the route to be run.
It is also worth noting that some houses have just the trash bin on the curb, suggesting that they do not participate in the recycle program. This costs the city rebates and increases the cost of collection. I am amazed at how little actual garbage we generate now that we have adequate capacity to process recycle.
The change to WastePro was not without its opponents, but I believe it was a move well done.
Robert E. Dudley