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Cardboard added to recyclable items for Fox Chapel residents

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Going greener is among the New Year's resolutions for Fox Chapel Borough.

Residents now can recycle cardboard, along with plastics, steel, paper and glass.

“We noticed there was a lot of cardboard, being placed in the bulk-item compactor at the municipal building,” Manager Gary Koehler said.

“We ordered a bin just for cardboard but people don't even have to leave the house. They can put it into the containers they set out every week for collection.”

Koehler said cardboard should be flattened but can be comingled in a container with other recyclables such as pop bottles and newspapers.

“It will be separated at the plant,” he said.

Residents who have large quantities of cardboard or oversized boxes can bring them to the municipal bin, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

The new cardboard container sits behind the borough building next to the compactor used for bulk items such as recliners and other items that weigh more than 45 pounds.

“If someone forgets and throws a cereal box into the compactor, it's not a big deal,” Koehler said. “But we noticed a lot of cardboard going in.”

“We are trying to make it convenient for people,” Koehler said. “Collecting cardboard is a simple improvement that will help.”

The bins at the municipal building are open to residents only. Koehler reminds people that items less than 45 pounds can be left at the garage door for pickup by the trash hauler.

Anyone who wants to dispose of bulkier items can do so. There is an attendant at the bins to make sure rules are followed, Koehler said.

Drop-off service is for hard-to-dispose-of items such as furniture, hot water tanks or lawn mowers.

“It does not include food, building materials and yard waste,” he said.

After violations from more than a few residents, the attendant now checks each bag that is dumped.

“We can't have food in there. It will attract rodents,” Koehler said.

For more information about recycling, visit the borough's website at www.fox-chapel.pa.us

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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