I write to express my sincere thanks to Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and City Council members Lash, McEnaney, Piper, and Wood for implementing single-stream curbside recycling.
This initiative was, in my opinion, long overdue. Many community members have, over the years, lobbied and worked hard to encourage recycling in Mt. Vernon. Until very recently, this meant sorting our plastics, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard into separate bags, boxes or containers we purchased ourselves and hauling them to various locations around town. We saw successes, followed by failures, and yet many of us continued because we couldn’t bring ourselves to throw things away that could be “reduced, reused and recycled.”
I never dreamed that we would be fortunate enough to get single-stream recycling right at our curb. Single-stream, for anyone who wonders what it means, is putting all of your recyclables into one container without sorting them first. This means that if you live in the city limits of Mt. Vernon, your cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, clean and rinsed plastics, aluminum and tin cans, etc. (not glass) can be put loose (not bagged) into the one large recycling container delivered to your home by Republic Services. If for some reason you live in the city limits and didn’t get a recycling bin, you can call Nathan McKenna, capital projects manager for the City of Mt. Vernon, at 242-6807, to have one delivered. When you put your container at the curb on your assigned recycling day every other week, its contents are emptied by Republic to be sorted and recycled.
Here are three points to keep in mind when you recycle:
1) If you’re confused about what can be recycled, read the giant sticker on the top of your recycling container that tells you what can and cannot be recycled. If you need a sticker or you have questions about what qualifies for recycling, call Nathan McKenna at 242-6807.