Town Administrator Paul F. Dawson
2 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Town of Marion to Host Recycling Forum
MARION — The Town of Marion is inviting residents and members of the public to attend an informational forum about its residential recycling program next week.
Due to recent rising costs in the recycling industry as a whole, town officials would like to provide residents with a refresher course on proper recycling as a way to try and keep costs low for the town-wide service.
“The purpose of the forum is to give our residents a refresher on recycling and provide helpful tips,” Town Administrator Paul Dawson said. “We want make sure that residents are recycling properly, which helps to keep our trash dumping costs down overall.”
Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St.
The featured speaker of the event will be Patti Howard, a Community Outreach Coordinator for Covanta Energy.
Howard will be showing those in attendance what items are considered to be proper recyclables and ways to avoid putting “contaminated” items in the the recycling bin.
Some contaminated items include:
- Plastic bags of any kind
- Containers with food residue on them/in them
- Frozen food containers
Items that are deemed to be contaminated can be rejected by recycling centers. Those rejected items then need to be discarded through the solid waste stream. The more items that are rejected, the more the costs increase for the transportation and dumping of trash.
Marion uses a single-stream recycling program, where all types of recyclables are collected curbside each week.
Town officials are encouraging proper recycling in an effort to reduce what is being put in the solid waste stream and thereby decrease the cost per ton of disposing the materials.
“This is something that is impacting communities across the country,” Town Administrator Dawson said. “While it is not a major issue for us now, we want to stay ahead of things and hope that residents will be diligent in their recycling efforts going forward.”