New schedule begins Monday, Aug. 1
By Jeff Simms
For the occasionally forgetful Beacon resident, the weeknight panic goes something like this:
“Is it recycling this week, or just trash? What was last week? What are the neighbors putting out? Maybe they remember!”
Or, in some cases:
“What if I’m out of town on a recycling week? What if there’s a holiday? What do I do with all of this stuff?”
Fear no more, Beacon. Beginning Aug. 1, recycling will be picked up weekly, just like the garbage, no guesswork required.
The switch, which was tested in a few Beacon neighborhoods this spring, could save the city money. Currently, the city pays Royal Carting Service almost $56,000 per month for garbage pickup. Royal collects the recycling, as well, hauling it to ReCommunity Beacon on Fishkill Avenue. ReCommunity then pays the city $15 for each ton of material it receives.
“The theory is that recycling tonnage will increase” with weekly pickups, and the city will be paid more, explained City Administrator Anthony Ruggiero. Regardless, he said, “we still think it’s a valuable service to the city.”
Ruggiero said that orange-top recycling containers should be placed curbside along with household trash each week the night before your regularly scheduled collection day.
Guidelines on top of the carts state what can be recycled. Glass, plastic, aluminum, steel, paper and cardboard don’t need to be separated or bagged. Aluminum foil, plastic grocery bags, auto or window glass and hazardous materials are among the items not accepted.
Each year, Royal Carting collects more than 1,000 tons of bottles, cans and other materials for recycling from communities throughout the Hudson Valley that would otherwise end up in a landfill.