New recycling containers to be delivered in Huntington this week

About 6,500 blue 96-gallon containers such as this one will be delivered to Huntington city residents this week, as curbside recycling returns after nearly a 10-year hiatus. Customers will also receive information as to their pickup day, which will occur every two weeks, and types of materials that can be recycled.
About 6,500 blue 96-gallon containers such as this one will be delivered to Huntington city residents this week, as curbside recycling returns after nearly a 10-year hiatus. Customers will also receive information as to their pickup day, which will occur every two weeks, and types of materials that can be recycled. Photo provided.

Beginning today, Huntington’s residents will have an additional refuse container delivered to their doors, marking the return of curbside recycling to town. This time, however, the containers will be able to hold a lot more of the recyclable materials, that have been going instead into garbage landfill since the end of the last recycling program in 2008, using lidless, 18-gallon boxes.

Jim Smith, municipal manager for Republic Services, the company that will handle the recycling services, says 6,500 of the blue, 96-gallon wheeled containers will be distributed beginning today, Monday, Jan. 8, through Saturday, Jan. 13.

“The materials will be transported to our processing facility in Fort Wayne on Pontiac Street,” Smith says. “From there they will be sold as market commodities.”

A map of the planned recycling pickup days, which will occur every two weeks, was printed in the Jan. 4 edition of The TAB as well as in today’s edition.

Bob Caley, director of city services for the City of Huntington, welcomes curbside recycling back to town, saying it’s time that residents have an opportunity to conveniently recycle several types of materials.

“I believe it’s the right thing to do for our city,” he says. “Recycling is a good practice; no matter what landfill trash goes to, it’s a good practice to recycle and help the environment.”

Residents are advised to make sure recycled materials are empty, clean and dry before they are placed in the blue container. Smith says materials that are wet, have food on them or are not clean cannot be recycled.

The types of materials that are accepted are printed on the container lids, as well as distributed via a door hanger with detailed information about the program.

Items that can be recycled in one container include:

Paper
Paper (staples allowed), newspaper, envelopes, junk mail, phone books, brochures and magazines.

Cardboard
Ream wrappers, file folders, poster board, frozen food boxes, cardboard boxes and milk cartons.

Plastic
Water bottles, take-out containers, soda bottles and bagged film plastics.

Metal
Aluminum beverage cans, food cans and scrap metal.

Glass
Clear bottles, green and brown bottles and glass jars.

Items that will not be accepted for recycling include:

Plastic bags, sheets, film or tarps; motor oil, insecticide or herbicide containers; aerosol cans; aluminum foil; wax paper, wax cardboard or carbon paper; fabrics; wood; batteries; electronics; food covered items; and mirrors or ceramics.

Also not accepted are stickers and address labels; styrofoam blocks or peanuts; tissue, paper towels, paper plates or napkins; pots and pans; wire; toys; soiled pizza boxes; and aluminum siding.

Residents who do not receive a recycling container or have other questions may call Republic Services at 800-876-9001.