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The Borough has been providing “in-house” recycling services to the community for a substantial period of time; however a comprehensive review of the program had not been conducted for numerous years. Recycling provides a service that protects our community, as well as the environment, from the accumulation and polluting effects of garbage, helping to improve the overall quality of life for our residents and our town. As such, we decided to complete a thorough review of our recycling program to determine what, if any improvements could be made.
In 1988 when recycling was initially mandated by the state, it was very common to collect the recycled material as source separated, where the residents separate everything and place multiple containers at the curb. In fact, most of the recycling centers were only able to accept materials if they were source separated, which is very likely the reason we initiated our program in the manner that we did. In addition, since we were progressing with a source separated system, we were able to secure grant funding to purchase a recycling truck, compactor and conveyor system. In many regards, we were the “pioneers” of the municipal recycling movement within the state.
As with most everything in our world today, numerous advancements have been made during the past five to seven years, and technology has advanced to the point where “single stream” collection is now the preferred method. Single stream collection involves residents placing all of their recycling materials into one container, and that container is then placed at the curb for collection. This style of collection is much more user friendly and often times promotes increased recycling efforts. In addition, it is much more efficient to collect materials as a “single stream” and the recycling centers are now much more efficient at processing “single stream” materials.
Since our program has started, we have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing affordable sanitation services to both our residential and commercial customers; however we now have an opportunity to improve our recycling program and control our recycling costs. With all of this in mind, we have decided to upgrade our recycling program to a single stream style of system, where the residents are provided with a single “container” where they can place all of their acceptable recycling materials.
There are many benefits and advantages to this style of system, including:
We have spent considerable time and effort researching this process. In order to operate efficiently and effectively, we have purchased a new recycling truck and have ordered new recycling containers.
We have received verbal notification from PADEP 902 that we have been selected for grant funding; however the grant amount is not known to date.
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P.O. Box 129
Shippensburg, PA 17257
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