Single Stream Recycling saved the City more than $200,000 since its inception, but in July it will save the City even more.
Costs for recycling will go from $20 a ton to zero dollars a ton as of July 1.
“This is going to save us over $150,000 a year,” said Mark Moriarty, public works director.
Garbage costs the City about $62 a ton to dispose. The City saved about $42 a ton when it went to recycling in Nov. of 2010.
New Britain and several other Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC) communities implemented single stream recycling programs which dramatically increased the amount of revenue collected back from the company where recyclables are brought.
“An important thing to remember is that recyclable materials (paper, plastics, metals etc…) are commodities which are used to make new products with so recyclable materials have value,” said Moriarty. “As opposed to this basic trash has no value. It’s just a waste product.”
Murphy Road Recycling is located on Christian Lane in Berlin across the street from the new Residential Recycling Center.
The first week into Single Stream Recycling the public works department went and flipped open every container to be sure the proper materials were being recycled.
According to Moriarty, “Out of over 1,000, about 5 were contaminated.”
After one month of single stream recycling 310,000 more pounds of materials were recycled in November 2010 compared to November 2009.
That was an increase of almost 85 percent.
“We expected 50 percent and not 85 percent,” said Moriarty, works. “It was a lot of work, but seeing those results made our efforts worthwhile.”
New Britain’s curbside recycling program, involves weekly collection on Monday through Friday for approximately 23,000 residential dwelling units, businesses and other properties. The initial plan for the new system was announced in the spring of 2010.
Single Stream Recycling, put into place by Former Mayor Timothy Stewart, takes place every other week. It occurs on the same day your garbage is picked up.
Plastics 1-7, cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard are all be recycled in 95 gallon blue containers. A general rule is that most small plastic containers are marked on the bottom and should be acceptable. Nothing toxic including chemicals and items such as motor oil are recyclable in the blue bins.
No new changes plan to be implemented to residents, but more emphasis is planned on recycling in public places like parks, schools, and other public facilities.
“Recycling is better for the environment because recycled materials used in manufacturing result in less pollution than processing raw materials. An example is taking metal that is recycled,” said Moriarty. “It’s obviously easier to take metal and melt it down to be reformed into something else than it is to mine for metal and all the associated costs and environmental impacts associated with mining operations.”