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Watertown to switch to single stream, aka 'no sort' recycling in August

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 5, 2012 01:28 PM

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Watertown will switch to a new automated trash program, including ramping up the town's recycling efforts with single stream, or "no sort" recycling, beginning August 6, according to the Department of Public Works.

Residents can now recycle multiple materials in one 64-gallon town-provided bin, such as paper, including magazines, junk mail, newspapers, brown paper bags, telephone books, colored glass, aluminum, cardboard, tin cans and plastics one through seven.

Residents should not include styrofoam in their recycling bins. Cardboard will not be picked up in the trash, as it is a recyclable item.

Town officials believe the chosen program is the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible program available, according to the DPW website.

Two 64-gallon toters - one for trash and one for recycling - will be given to each legal address in Watertown, free of charge. All toters will have a serial number assigned to a specific address. If a resident moves, the toter stays in Watertown.

The recycling schedule will remain bi-weekly. Residents should continue to refer to their current collection calendar for collection dates.

Recycling center hours will also remain the same. Legal holidays will delay pick up by one day.

Collection of any refuse left by building renovations or repair work will not be picked up by the town. When at all possible, use the hired tradesman who did the work to dispose of the material.

The town provides the following guidelines for correct recycling:

  • Trash must be placed in a plastic bag - then placed into the toter
  • No extra bags, no extra barrels will be collected
  • Bulk item collection will remain the same: household furniture, bedding, etc.
  • White goods and yard waste curbside collection will remain the same
  • A mechanical arm will be lifting the toters off the street and dumped into the truck
  • Recycle bins that we currently have will not be collected after August 6
  • There will be no additional requests for toters
  • Contact the Department of Public Works if your toter is damaged or stolen - 617-972-6420
  • Cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed inside the toter for recycling
  • The Toter should face the street, placed away from telephone poles, trees, fences mailboxes and other obstacles by three feet

For any additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at 617-972-6420.

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