On Saturday and Sunday, more than 7,000 new 48 gallon trash toters were distributed among the Tuesday refuse and recycling route. This will allow the existing 97 gallon toters to be used for single stream recycling, leaving the new toters to be used for regular household trash.
This new recycling system will save taxpayers money, as each ton of recycled waste saves $105. It will also serve as a reminder of how the majority of trash should be recycled. Up to 60% of this trash is recyclable.
On the Monday collection route, where the new system was put into action last August, the results have already been very positive. This year, this route alone will save the city more than $100,000. Residents of the route have been extremely positive about the system, which they say has made it far easier to recycle and kept the recyclables in a closed container.
By next spring, all City neighborhoods will have converted to the new recycling system, through 2 toter distributions during this summer and fall, and another in the spring of next year. Through the use of recycling, the citywide goal of recycling 30% of trash next year can be reached, as well as the State goal of 58% recycling by 2020. Simply reaching the citywide goal would save more than $600,000.
The use of the new recycling system is only one of the ways the City has been changing for the environment. Last week, the city introduced the first hybrid refuse truck, and will retrofit all refuse trucks in the same way. Also, electronics will continue to be accepted at the Transfer station, and yard waste will be collected for composting.
Health Matters Tip of the Week:
Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Protect yourself from diseases caused by mosquitoes and ticks by using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts, and pants tucked in your socks.
Green Tip of the Week:
While there has been plenty of rain recently, reduce the amount of water your lawn needs by increasing the deck height on your lawnmower. Slightly taller grass retains significantly more moisture, and your lawn will stay greener with a lower water bill!
Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City
May 25. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 6:30-8:30pm. www.schoonerinc.org
May 25. Cinema at 6: Four Women of Egypt. Main Library. 6-7:45pm. 203-946-7431.
May 26. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 6:30-8:30pm. www.schoonerinc.org
May 27. Ben Wolfe Quartet @ Firehouse 12. 8:30pm/10pm. $18/$12. http://firehouse12.com
May 29. Orchestra New England Memorial Day Tribute Concert. Shubert Theatre. 5pm. Free. www.orchestranewengland.org
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660