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Bins for recycling collection to be distributed in Murrysville

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

A special delivery will land on every Murrysville resident's doorstep this month.

Wheeled carts for the new automated recycling program will be delivered beginning Monday. Each cart will have instructions for care and where the carts should be placed near the curb.

Automated recycling will begin the week of Oct. 22. Residents can switch the size of their cart once during the first year of the program, starting Jan. 14.

Murrysville Council approved moving to automated recycling in June, after a nearly four month pilot program.

When the program – which served about 525 homes – began in February, Allied Waste collected about 12.2 pounds of recycling per home.

By May, that average nearly doubled to 23.5 pounds for the households taking part.

Cherie Weber, executive assistant for the municipality, said that increase is fueled by several factors, including an increase in size of recycling containers.

Prior to the automated program, residents used either a 10-, 15- or 25-gallon bin to store their recyclables.

Those who participated in the pilot program were given either a 65 or 95 gallon bin.

“The amount we saw even tripled in some cases,” Weber said.

“But there was also an educational outreach. As soon as we provided residents with information about what all can be recycled, they began doing it. It's saving money and landfill space and is good for the environment.”

Not everything is recyclable, Weber said. Among the items that should not be put in the recycling bins are: paper plates, diapers, plastic wrapping from meat or cheese, plastic wrap, plastic bags, some milk cartons, aluminum foil, window or sheet glass, wrapping paper, Styrofoam, bubble wrap and Christmas lights.

As has been the case for nearly 10 years, materials that can be recycled – ranging from telephone books and pizza box tops to all plastics and aluminum cans – do not need separated. But they do need to be rinsed.

Though Allied Waste officials prefer recyclables are not bagged before being put in the wheeled cart, if they are they can not be put in a black garbage bag. If so, the recyclables will be thrown away. For those who participated in the municipal pilot program, the blue carts used will be collected Oct. 12. Carts should be left at the curb for collection on that day.

The municipality will host a recycling event for the old bins Nov. 7 through 12 in the gravel parking lot at the public works facility along Sardis Road.

Residents can drop off their empty recycling bins between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627,

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