McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department has ordered initial bins for its recycling effort.
According to Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, city administrator Bill Brock saw multiuse bins while attending a Tennessee Municipal League conference and after checking on them, he ordered four.
“I did some research and ordered four of them,” said McCord. “They are 92-gallon containers. They are separated into four different sections. It comes with, I think, eight different lids. You can change them up for what you want to put in them. They should be in within the next two to three weeks and we’ll have them in the Civic Center.”
The bins, says McCord, were $1,300 each but he researched different companies and found them for $650.
The information was presented to Parks and Recreation Committee members Aldermen Ben Newman, chair, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner.
“That’s good,” said Newman. “Maybe in a couple of months, give it time for those to come in and be placed, you could come back and give us another update.”
Educating the public may be required, says Alderman Everett Brock.
“If the bin says ‘paper,’ does that mean my cardboard cup full of something, or does that mean my paper plate with chicken bones on it? Maybe we should put a sign up to educate people on what goes in the recycling bins and what doesn’t. Something that says you shouldn’t place your chicken bones into the bin with your paper plate,” said Everett Brock.
Newman stated, “If it’s a soiled plate, that would go into the trash bin.”
“How many people know that?” asked Brock.
Some recycling do’s and don’ts:
• Don’t recycle food. Food is compostable, not recyclable. Make sure cans, bottles and containers are clean of all food residue before putting them into the recycling bin. Food goes in the trash bin, while the can, bottle or container goes into the appropriate recycling bin.
• Don’t put trash in a recycling bin. Just a few pieces of non-recyclable garbage (i.e. food, containers filled with food, or a paper plate saturated by grease) can make the recycling plant deem an entire load as “trash.” This means if you decide to be lazy and throw all your trash into a recycling collection bin, you may be ruining the efforts of others.
• Do remove the grease. You may have heard pizza boxes aren’t recyclable. This isn’t quite true. Cardboard pizza boxes are recyclable, but the grease from the pizza is not. If the top of the pizza box is all greasy and cheesy, but the bottom is clean as a whistle, you can tear it apart, then toss the oily half in the trash, and the clean part in the recycling.
“If recyclables are trashed, they will be rejected,” said Bill Brock. “That’s the bad thing about recycling.”
After the bins have been out a couple of months, McCord will update the committee about how the program is going.