Published DateLACONIA — The city's mandatory recycling program will begin on Monday, July 1. It will change the protocol for the curbside collection of solid waste, both trash and recyclables.
Trash will continue to be collected each week and recyclables every other week. However, as of July 1 residents will be required to separate their recyclables from their trash in order for their trash to be collected.
All trash must be bagged in a container, typically a trash can. No loose trash will be collected.
The number of containers left at the curb to be emptied is limited. Single-family homes and duplex units may place two 30-gallon containers at the curb. Commercial establishments and multi-family dwellings may place seven 30-gallon containers at the curb.
Beginning on July 1 recyclables must be separated from trash. Trash will not be collected at addresses that fail to recycle.
During the first week, from July 1 to July 6, those who fail to recycle, exceed the maximum limit of containers or leave loose trash at the curb will be issued a ticket explaining the violation and the trash will be collected. From July 8 onward violators will be ticketed and their trash will not be collected.
Property owners will be responsible for disposing of excessive or loose trash appropriately. Neither the contractor nor the Department of Public Works will be responsible for removing it. Anyone found illegally disposing of trash on public streets, in private dumpsters or in or near remote recycling containers shall be subject to a fine of $250.
There is no limit to the amount of recyclables that will be collected at the curb. The Department of Public Works offers 18-gallon recycling bins free of charge and 64-gallon wheeled toters at discounted prices of $25 for the first and $45 for the second.
Alternatively, recyclables may still be taken to the Transfer Station on Parade Road or to one of the four remote locations in the city — behind the City Garage on Messer Street, at the Lakeport Fire Station, at the Weirs Community Center and on Lindsay Court near the Memorial Park House. Those choosing to recycle at one of the remote locations should obtain a sticker, reading in black lettering against an orange background "Remote Recycler," without charge from the Department of Public Works to affix to their trash container, which will ensure that their trash is collected.
Recyclable materials need not be sorted, but can be mingled in one container. Glass bottles and jars of all sizes, shapes and colors can be recycled along with steel and aluminum cans. Plastics carrying a recycling symbol and number number 1 through 7 can be recycled, but plastic bags and styrofoam containers cannot. All cardboard and paper can be recycled.
Ann Saltmarsh of the Department of Public Works, who manages the recycling program, will present a recycling demonstration at the Weirs Community Center on Monday, June 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Any questions about how to comply with the mandatory recycling should be addressed to Ms. Saltmarsh during business hours at 528-6379, Ext. 300.