The Gettysburg Borough recently received several complaints from residents who saw waste management trucks picking up trash, recycling it, and placing it in the same truck. The Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of July 1988 , clearly outlines the requirements to develop plans for the treatment and disposal of municipal waste, implement “separate collection programs” for recyclable materials, and utilize trucks and systems that include trucks. Associated equipment that collects recyclable materials separately from trash at curbs and similar areas.
When these concerns were shared with waste management officials, they responded that the company had added “split-body” vehicles to its fleet of regular trucks. There are two separate compartments for carrying the The two compartments can be distinguished either from the back or from the side. Carriers can load trash on one side and recycle on the other.
One such vehicle shown on the Waste Management website is the Labrie Cool Hand side loader. In the podcast Thrash ‘n Trash Productions, the drawbacks of that type of truck are the poor design of the side loader arm (SLA) and the need for a minimum of 42 inches of space between the truck and the container (especially in alleys or narrow spaces). On the street), the size of the vehicle is a common traffic obstacle/inconvenience, and the arm uses so many small and complex moving parts.
Readers who read last month’s article on glass recycling asked us why glass is such a recycling challenge. A Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency publication sums up the difficulties in doing so: It has led to high levels of pollution in recyclables. Glass is a prime example of this. This is because glass usually breaks at some point in the recycling process. Either as it is dumped into a waste truck, as it is compacted, or as it is dumped onto a conveyor belt that is handled by a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). In a single stream system, this broken glass would contaminate other recycled content such as paper and cardboard. ” Oh.
The District’s website (http://www.gettysburgpa.gov) has an important “Save the Date” notice on the public works page. Public Works Twice that week he goes around town to pick up brushes. Do not mix leaves or grass clippings into the brush. These items can be dropped off at the Public Works building at 457 E Middle St. Position the brush to pick up along curbs (not streets) or alleys. If you have any questions regarding brush pickup, please call the Public Works Department at 717-334-4666. ”
Picking up a brush is a sure sign that fall is here and winter is just around the corner.