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West Mifflin hopes to boost participation in recycling

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

West Mifflin officials say a state grant and move to a new collection center should boost recycling participation.

Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to send a cancellation letter to its current recycling service, Greenstar Recycling, and sign on with Pittsburgh Recycling Services instead.

Borough manager Brian Kamauf said the switch will save the borough money in shipping and manpower costs because Pittsburgh Recycling has its material center in Hazelwood.

Greenstar, which previously was known as Waste Management, has its collection center on the more distant Neville Island.

The borough, which collects its own recyclables, will use less gas and time transporting materials to the nearer location, said Kamauf, who added that commodity rates paid to the borough for the materials will be comparable to what it is now receiving.

The new agreement with Pittsburgh Recycling will go into effect on July 1.

The borough currently collects recyclables on a bi-weekly basis.

The borough hopes to begin offering weekly collections in the fall thanks to a state Department of Environmental Protection grant it has just received.

The grant, worth $137,475, will fund the purchase of a new truck for recycling collections, as well as the purchase of new, larger recycling bins for residents. It also will pay for recycling education programs, according to Kamauf, who added that more people will recycle when the program makes doing so more convenient.

On a related note, the borough is having a free electronics recycling collection event at the borough building on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Goodwill.

Computer goods, fax machines, cellphones, TVs and microwaves are among the items that will be accepted at this event. More information about recycling is available from the borough public works department at 412-461-5300.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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