By BRENNAN WHITE
MARQUETTE – The Town of Marquette will begin rolling out new recycling carts for residents next week as it officially launches its cart “single stream” collection service.
Workers are distributing 6,100 of the 64-gallon recycling carts to every residence in the city on Monday for use with the city’s single-stream recycling program.
Rolling carts will replace the small bins currently used for residential recycling
Officials say the wheels make the carts easy to maneuver, even in winter, and the lids attached to keep recycled materials dry and safe.
Paper, plastic and cans can all be recycled in the same receptacle, sorting is not necessary. The program is funded by grants from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit that works with municipal governments nationwide to transform their recycling programs .
According to a city press release, the city received the grants because of its dedication to advancing recycling in the community.
In addition to the carts, the grant funding will help pay for education and awareness of the new collection process.
Marquette City Manager Karen Kovacs acknowledged that some disabled or elderly residents may have difficulty moving the carts. But she said the city had found a solution for that.
“For any household that does not have an able-bodied person, there are special arrangements that can be made with Public Works”, said Kovacs. “These carts are a viable and safe option. Rolling something rather than carrying it, especially in the winter, is safer. A cart is also much larger, so you don’t have to take it out every week. The ultimate goal is to increase our recycling.
She said the city is asking residents to continue to do their part by placing only recyclable materials in their carts, including aluminum and steel cans, paper products – including newspapers and flattened cardboard, and empty plastic bottles and containers.
To help limit contamination, quickly rinse food and beverage containers, then place them directly in the recycling cart; no sorting is necessary.
Glass will not be collected curbside, but can only be recycled at collection points.
Glass drop off locations include Waste Management at 910 W. Baraga Ave. and the Municipal Service Center at 1100 Wright St.
Some items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, plastic wrap, paper towels, electrical equipment, batteries, and clothing. These items are often mixed up in recycling carts due to “Wishcycling” or the hope that they can be recycled. Although well-meaning, non-recyclable items cause serious problems.
Collection of old carts will begin the following Monday, although they must be emptied to be picked up.
For more information on what can and cannot go in the basket, visit www.recycle906.com.
Residents can start using their new carts as soon as they arrive. To find your recycling day, as well as answers to other frequently asked questions, visit www.marquettemi.gov or contact the Public Works Department at 906-228-0444.
Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]