Starting later this month, public works may revoke recycling services if you throw non-recyclable items into the trash three times in a 12-month period.
Bidford, Maine — The city of Bidford will soon implement a new ordinance aimed at keeping trash out of recycling bins. Starting later this month, a three-strike policy will be in effect that may result in the cancellation of recycling services if the trash can is found to be contaminated.
“This change is not intended to punish those who make minor mishaps when determining whether something is recyclable.” It’s a mechanism that allows us to deal with people who use it and aren’t even trying to recycle it correctly.”
Biddeford City Council has approved an amendment to the city’s recycling ordinance that would allow the Department of Public Works to revoke recycling services from repeat offenders.
On the first two occasions, according to Demers, homes are observed dumping non-recyclable items into the bin, the bin is not emptied, and the household receives a notice explaining how to improve recycling.
By the third time, they can no longer get recycling collection services and must lease a larger trash can and pay a $122 annual fee. I can.
“Pollution has been a big issue for us over the last few years. Part of our deal with Casera is that we pay for pollution,” Demers said. “Now we’re in the 20th percentile. That means we pay a surcharge of 25.99 per tonne for contamination.”
According to Demers, a recent audit from Casella Waste Management, the city’s recycling and waste services partner, showed that about 20% of what goes into recycling containers cannot be recycled.
“When they abuse the system, these individuals create extra costs for all other households who put in the time and effort to recycle correctly,” said Demers.
Common items include food waste, plastic bags, and electronics. Demers says he’s seen brakes, rotors, bowling balls, sandbags, and more.
“If you’re recycling, great. We appreciate all the recycling people are doing. But if you have any doubts or doubts, just please throw it away.
If you have questions about whether something is recyclable, you can call Public Works at 207-282-1579 and find information on the department’s website.