Recycling program heads the list heading in to 2019

By Andrew Swift

Editor’s Note: Mayor Andrew Swift’s column in January’s print issue of the Riverview Register was inadvertently missing some critical information due to space constraints. The article below contains the information highlighted.

Happy New Year and I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and were able to enjoy time with family and friends over the holiday.

Well itโ€™s time to get back to work and Iโ€™d like to start by informing you where Riverview stands on our pursuit of a quality, financially responsible recycling program. Early last year we formed a committee of interested residents to put together a survey. This survey was to help us determine the interest of a subscription curbside recycling program in our community. City wide curbside recycling wasnโ€™t considered as an option because of the extremely high cost that would be a burden to a large portion of our residents.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿฒ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜†. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€. ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ% ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ%.

Riverview mailed out 3,800 surveys and 964 were returned while we had 207 responses online for a total of 1,171. It was a lot of work but the committee did take the time to tally up the results and they are as follows. Question 1: Are You Currently Recycling? No 44.3% and Yes 55.7%. Question 2: How Often Are You Recycling? Weekly 11.7%, Bi-Weekly 13.9%, Monthly 20.2%, and Donโ€™t Recycle 54.2%. Question 3: Are You Aware Riverview has a Recycling Center? Yes 74.9% and No 25.1%. Question 4: Would You Recycle at the Center if the Center had more convenient hours? Yes 62.5% and No 37.5%. Question 5: What do you recycle most? Plastic 32.6%, Paper/Cardboard 30.3%, Glass 20%, and Metal 17.1%. Question 6: If Riverview instituted a subscription curd-side recycling program, what is the maximum youโ€™d be willing to pay per month for a bi-weekly pickup? 36.1% indicated an amount, 40.8% simply said โ€œNoโ€, while 23.1% left the answer blank. So we can interpret this as 63.9% arenโ€™t willing to pay anything for the service. Of those who responded with an amount, less than $10.00 per month was the runaway favorite.

What are we to glean from the results? Nearly ยพ of those who responded are aware that Riverview has a Recycling Center at the Land Preserve. And more than ยฝ of those who responded participate in recycling at the center at least once a month. The commodity most recycled is plastic and cardboard/paper. And unfortunately most of those who would participate in curb-side pickup arenโ€™t willing to pay for it.

๐’๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ค, (๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐›-๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฎ๐ฉ? ๐–๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ.) ๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฒ. ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ฒ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ. Riverview would have to pay to send them away to a recycling center. The current rate for mixed commodities is around $90.00 a ton that we would have to pay. Compare that to what we get for municipal waste of around $20.00 a ton. And there are penalties up to $150 ton for a dirty load of recyclables. A dirty load is described as one that contains more than 10% contaminated goods, for example a greasy pizza boxes. Actually, one of the many benefits we get from the landfill is that funds from the landfill (not your taxes) pay for our residential waste pickup at the tune of around $300,000.00 a year.

About mid last year China changed the requirements on the recyclable material that they accept and that has thrown recycling efforts in the United States into chaos. We all know recycling is the responsible thing to do for our environment, but at what cost. 

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฏ-๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜. ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฏ-๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ. ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜

We are still working with officials from Trenton on the possibility of building a much more resident friendly recycling center at our land preserve. The recycling center would be separated from the normal landfill traffic. It would be a cost-shared project that would benefit both municipalities and be fiscally responsible. With it being separate from the landfill, there would be more convenient hours for the residents of both communities to drop off their recyclables. Before any decisions are made, our landfill committee will evaluate all options and make a recommendation to the city council.

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