Irwin to implement recycling option
Irwin Council plans to give residents an opportunity to recycle glass, paper and plastic items.
Council agreed to rent a four-yard recycling container from Waste Management, which will be installed behind the Irwin Police Department, for $75 per month. Waste Management officials plan to empty the recycling bin once a week, council President John Cassandro said.
The borough agreed to pay for the bin on a monthly basis, and is not locked into a long-term agreement with Waste Management, he said.
“This is basically a trial, and if this bin gets abused, it will go away,” Cassandro said. “We can always get rid of it if we no longer want it.”
The bin will be monitored 24 hours a day by cameras at the police station, Cassandro added.
Manager Mary Benko said the bin is able to handle paper, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, phone books, glass and plastic bottles, but not Styrofoam food containers, ink cartridges or food waste.
Benko said residents often ask her why the borough does not offer recycling services.
The borough does not offer curbside recycling in an effort to keep waste collection costs down, Benko said. She estimates it would cost an additional $5 per month to offer curbside recycling.
Currently, Irwin residents pay $43.88 every three months for garbage collection, while senior citizens receive a quarterly $5 discount, Benko said.
“We're offering a service, and trying to be proactive about recycling,” Benko said. “This is just a way to test it out.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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