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Expanded recycling program under way in Bridgeville

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:08 p.m.
Ed Ahrndt, Bridgeville Public Works employee of 13 years, stands next to recycling bins at Bridgeville Municipal Building where they will be for sale to residents. Randy Jarosz | For The Bridgeville Area News

Bridgeville has expanded its recycling program.

The problem is, not a lot of residents know about it yet.

Prior to the beginning of 2013, the borough signed an expanded contract with Waste Management Inc. The three-year, $362,500 contract does not represent an increase in refuse rates for those living in the borough, said Bridgeville Manager Lori Collins.

The new contract affects 2,190 of the borough's 5,341 residents, she said. Residents living in apartments and condominiums do not need to recycle, she said.

The borough's single-stream recycling now will include not only aluminum and plastic containers but newspapers, magazines, junk mail, construction paper, shoe boxes, and computer and copy paper.

All recycled materials can be placed in the same bin.

Not included as recycled materials in Bridgeville are pizza boxes, foam cups, light bulbs, wood, grass clippings, or any kind of yard waste.

All Bridgeville homeowners have their garbage and recycled materials picked up on Mondays.

Nancy Alauzen is a volunteer with Bridgeville and became concerned when she noticed that Bridgeville residents were not aware they could now place an expanded list of recycled materials by the curb.

“This affects every single homeowner, but the problem is, we don't think they know yet,” she said.

Waste Management sent out a newsletter to Bridgeville residents in mid-December, a section of which detailed the new recycling program. Alauzen and borough officials are afraid that most residents “simply tossed the newsletter in the garbage, or maybe ripped it up,” she said.

“And that's a shame. The only way they would know is if they would have read that,” Alauzen said.

Alauzen, a 1976 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, has had an interest in recycling since she attended a recycling seminar at what was the Holiday Inn in Green Tree. She is now recycling the fronts of greeting cards that are sent to St. Jude's Hospital, she said.

“That started it for me. I had an interest in this since then. And I want to help Bridgeville with this,” she said.

She now works for ACTION-Housing in Pittsburgh.

South Fayette also has a recycling contract with Waste Management. The recycling there also is single-stream, and allows for residents to recycle newspapers, magazines, and other printed paper.

Collier also began single-stream recycling this year.

Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or jwidmer@tribweb.com.

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