new recycling contract with ReCommunity Recyling, completely ending its decades-long relationship with Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA).The Town of West Hartford recently entered into a
Although Paine's will continue to pick up residents' recyclables at
the curb, the goods will now ultimately be received by ReCommunity
Recycling. The change, which occurred on Nov. 16, has opened up the
opportunity to add to the list of acceptable items for recycling.
As Environmental Services Manager and Recycling Coordinator Dave
Gabriele said in an email, "For years, West Hartford has been challenged
with recycling and disposal of books by residents, schools, and town
offices." That challenge has now been met through the contract with
Paperbacks and phonebooks can be recycled as is, and the inside pages
of hardback books can be recycled if the covers are removed. Those
covers must be disposed of as trash.
Gabriele hopes to gain the participation of the town's libraries and schools in this effort.
"Between the public libraries and school media centers tons of books
have gone into our trash stream at a considerable economic and
environmental cost. Public Works has the budgetary responsibility for
trash and recycling disposal costs for both the town and Board of
Education and we have searched for years to find a convenient book
recycling resource to help keep trash disposal cost down and generate a
revenue. Every 400 text books recycled will save about $58.25 in
disposal cost and generate a minimum of $7.50 in revenue," wrote
He is hoping the Environmental Services Clubs at both Conard and Hall will be able to assist in removing the hard covers of textbooks so they can be recycled.
According to Gabriele, 95-gallon recycling barrels will be
distributed to the schools, and the custodial staff will assist by
getting the barrels to the recycling collection area.