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Recycling made easier

No separating required for King George residents using landfill convenience center
Waste Management District Manager Tom Cue has good news for King George.
Cue, who runs the King George County Landfill, told The Journal he will provide single stream recycling later this month at the convenience center at the landfill.
That means that residents who take their trash to the landfill can bundle all their recyclables into one bag to toss it into a single recycling bin.

The new process will be initiated later this month at the convenience center at the county landfill. It is expected to be expanded to the county’s other trash convenience center at the site of the former landfill a couple of months later.
The single-stream process will eliminate the need for residents to sort recyclable materials; just combine them together into one bag or bundle.  
Residents will be able to put all recyclable materials into one bin at the landfill.  And cardboard will also be included on the list of recyclable materials.  
There will be no more need for sorting bottles into one container, aluminum cans into another, paper into a third and plastic into another for tossing at the landfill.
 “All recyclables will be placed in one container, with no more need to separate,” Cue said.
The mixed recyclable loads will be taken to a Recycle America center at the Stafford Landfill. Cue said that Recycle America will separate the items and transport them to the recycling facilities with none of the recyclable items going into a landfill.  
That’s good news for King George residents and it was good news to King George Supervisor Joe Grzeika, in whose district the landfill is located.
“I have been waiting for this capability for some time since we first were introduced to the possibility by Mr. (Rick) Guidry, the former manager of the King George facility.”
That was in January 2008, but the idea was put on hold when the economy began stagnating.
Now the single-stream recycling is to become a reality for residents in King George and is expected to help address concerns by residents about recycling.

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Grzeika has said this will be an improvement over the current cumbersome method.
“I feel this single stream approach will make the prospect of recycling attractive to a much wider base of our citizens. We should see a marked increase in the amount of recyclables we collect,” Grzeika said.
That can have several positive results, including the potential for extending the life use of the landfill. The county landfill is currently estimated to have about 18-20 years of trash airspace left.
Grzeika said, “We do ourselves a big favor by recycling and reducing the waste stream and helping our environment. It should have a positive impact on the life of the landfill since the reduction of recyclables in the waste stream would lengthen the life span of the facility since the space now being taken up by recyclables would now be available for refuse and non-recyclable wastes.”  
That means that residents can bring their trash sorted into two types of bundles - garbage in one and mixed recyclable material in another.
Residents will soon be able to combine aluminum cans, plastic, bottles, and all paper, including home office computer paper, junk mail, cardboard and newspapers for tossing into a single recycling bin.
Cue said he is having a ramp built to make it easier for the citizens to place their recyclables into the container.
Signs will be posted at the landfill convenience center when the single-stream recycling starts.  
Cue will also be attending the next Supervisors meeting on August 17 to provide more details and a firm date for initiating single-stream recycling.

 

By Phyllis Cook
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