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New recycling spot added to B-Y Park in Trafford

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn
Trafford residents who are looking to dispose of home recyclables can stop at a new area near the Route 130 main entrance to B-Y Park. Lillian DeDomenic | For the Penn-Trafford Star

A new recycling area is open to the public near the Route 130 main entrance to B-Y Park in Trafford.

Waste Management placed two containers inside the park last week for single-stream recycling.

Residents can drop off a variety of items, including aluminum and glass containers, plastics with the symbols 1 through 7, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, magazines, printer paper and mail.

Borough officials sought a new recycling station because the former site — which was near the park's Forbes Road side entrance — no longer provided enough room for drivers to turn around after a developer built a new retail complex.

A donation box for the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America also is at the new site.

“It's a little bit more visible than down below,” Councilman Casey Shoub said about the recycling area.

Mayor Rey Peduzzi said the site, which is close to an overlook of the pond in the park, once was considered for a residential trailer where a volunteer attendant would tend to the park and close the gate nightly.

Borough officials are planning to install some natural screening such as evergreens or a mound of dirt to hide the recycling station from views elsewhere in the park.

Peduzzi said it was important for Trafford to keep an area for recycling available for residents in the borough.

Council members briefly discussed moving the station to South Trafford Park but decided it was too far out of the way and would put too much strain on Wallace Avenue by attracting additional traffic.

“Once you get recycling started, people really get into it,” Peduzzi said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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