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Franklin Township recycling experiencing contamination

Published May 24. 2013 05:04PM

Franklin Township supervisors fear their sweet recycling deal might not be free if residents continue to contaminate the site.

Last year, Carbon County Commissioners announced they were closing down the "Blue Bin" recycling program, which would leave Franklin Township residents in the lurch who had relied on the blue bins to recycle their paper, glass and metal. The program effectively held down costs for solid waste collections since Franklin Township hauls its own trash.

Rod Green, chairman, said that the new township recycling containers are experiencing contamination.

The new recycling bins from Solomon Container Service of Wilkes-Barre arrived on April 1 and were placed next to the blue bins which are to be removed by Carbon County. Solomon dropped off six orange containers.

Franklin Township supervisors signed a one-year agreement with Solomon to provide single stream recycling to the residents of the township. The service will be provided at no cost to the township.

Residents do not need to separate their recycling items and that more items will be accepted than in the past, such as all plastic from one to seven and cardboard, including the cardboard material that makes up cereal boxes.

Anything plastic with the triangle is accepted.

At the time the bins were delivered, supervisors, had been concerned about people dumping off garbage.

Green noted that the township has found shoes, crystal vases and more in with the recycling items.

Approved recycling items are:

* newspaper and newspaper inserts

* magazines and catalogs

* all junk mail and envelopes

* cardboard (please breakdown boxes)

* phone books

* cereal and cracker-type boxes

* brown paper sacks and bags

* aluminum steel and tin cans

* glass bottles and jars

* plastics no. 1 to no. 7

Supervisors do not want garbage, food waste, food tainted items (used paper plates), paper towels or paper napkins, plastic bags, aluminum foil, Styrofoam cups/plates or helium tanks, batteries, window glass or windshields or plastic toys.

Supervisors have discussed putting up video camera.

Solomon Container Service has more than 35 years experience in the waste industry. It is a division of Municipal Recovery Inc., which is a full service recycling facility which provides recycling services for industrial and retail businesses.

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