Recycling will continue in a seamless fashion for Franklin Township residents.
Rod Green, chairman of the Franklin Township board of supervisors, announced on Tuesday night that supervisors have signed an agreement with Solomon Container Service of Wilkes-Barre to provide single stream recycling to the residents of the township. The service will be provided at no cost to the township or to the residents.
Solomon will drop off containers just as soon as Carbon County removes the blue recycling bins. The recycling will continue at the same site where the blue bins had been located.
"The new bins should be here by April 1," noted Green. "Single stream means that you do not have to sort your recycling items," said Green. "Everything goes in together and they do the sorting."
When asked how the supervisors feel about continuing the recycling program, supervisor Paul Kocher, said, "Giddy," and then chuckled.
While the supervisors are proud of how it all turned out, supervisors said they were concerned about the potential cost of providing the service for residents and had fielded a lot of questions from residents who did not want to lose the service.
"This is a win-win situation for us," said Green. "We did a lot of research and talked to a lot of other supervisors of other townships who have recycling. We did our homework."
Green admitted that he learned a lot from Penn Forest Township supervisors.
"Penn Forest was a big help," said Green. "We had planned to purchase 20 recycling bins and haul our own, but then we would have had to buy equipment and hire people. It wouldn't have been free. This is free. They pick up and then sell what they can to make money."
Green noted that Solomon will take even more items than the county plan had accepted, such as other forms of cardboard besides corrugated cardboard, such as cereal boxes and more plastic items then the county had accepted.
Solomon will take newspaper and newspaper inserts, magazines and catalogs, all junk main and envelopes, cardboard (break down boxes), office and school paper (all colors), phone books, cereal and cracker boxes, brown paper sacks and bags, aluminum, steel and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, plastics one through 7 (bottles, cups, plastic food containers, tubs, bowls, yogurt cups and margarine/whip cream tubs), plastic milk jugs and paper milk cartons, and juice box and other paper cartons.
Solomon will not accept garbage, food waste, food tainted items (used paper plates), paper towels or napkins, aluminum foil, Styrofoam cups/plates or packaging, aerosol cans, propane tanks or helium tanks or batteries.
According to information provided by David Solomon of Solomon Container Service, the company has more than 35 years experience in the waste industry. Solomon Container Service is a division of Municipal Recovery Inc., which is a full service recycling facility which provides recycling services for industrial and retail businesses.