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[GreenYes] Re: Does one see a decline in dropoff site use when corrugated cardboard is added to curbside recycling where it was only at dropoffs before?

We added curbside recycling to a small community with a convenient
drop-off location that was heavily used. There was no decline in the
volume of materials after introduction of curbside recycling that
includes cardboard.
Caution however. Allied is the service provider in three of our
communities with curbside recycling. Last year they purchased new
curbside recycling trucks; side loaders that go up and over the top to
empty into segregated holding bins. The paper/cardboard holding bins
on the side of the new trucks are small than the previous versions.
Cardboard tends to get stuck on top of the truck when automatically
unloading. One Allied driver climbed onto the top of the truck last
year out west to unjam the cardboard. He went into the compaction
unit and died. Since then Allied Drivers have been cautioned about
placing any large pieces of cardboard in the side load trucks.
Consequently, most of the cardboard in containers in our communities
is tossed aside by the Allied drivers and the trash truck following
picks it up for the landfill. We are currently placing 8 yard
cardboard only containers around these communities to gather the
So, I guess the lesson is to be sure what your infrastructure can
handle before you make a move. There seems to be plenty of commodity
out there that will find its way into the recycling stream if it is
convenient - for the citizen and the collectors. Logan County, Ohio

On Apr 4, 5:49 pm, "Blair Pollock" <bpoll...@no.address> wrote:
> Orange Co. NC is evaluating impacts of adding corrugated cardboard to
> our curbside recycling collection. We did not add it last year when we
> added all other mixed paper to curbside. Prior to that addition, OCC and
> OMP were NOT collected curbside; one could recycle them only at dropoff
> sites, along with cans bottles and news. We saw no decline in dropoff
> site tonnage when mixed paper came to the curbside bin. We are curious
> if anyone has experienced a decline in dropoff use when only a single
> item shifted from dropoff only to curb or if our apparent anomaly of
> increased traffic at dropoffs could be attributed to the fact that we
> DID NOT bring OCC to the curb with all other paper. There seems to be
> widespread support to do OCC at the curb although there will be a
> cutdown requirement. We also may ban its collection with mixed waste as
> we have done for the non-reisdential sector already.
> Blair Pollock
> Solid Waste Planner
> Orange County Solid Waste Management Department
> P.O. Box 17177
> Chapel Hill, NC 27516-7177
> (919) 968-2788 or direct: (919) 968-2800 x161
> (919) 932-2900 fax
> Three Shred-A-Thons are coming up for you to securely recycle
> confidential paper. April 22 at University Mall, May 3 at Eubanks Park
> and Ride Lot in Chapel Hill and May 10 at Orange High School in
> Hillsborough. All events are from 10am -2pm and limited to Orange County
> residents. Ten box limit please.
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