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Lisa Sulka

Did you know that the Town of Bluffton provides trash and recycling as a service to our residents? You are not charged any additional millage for this service, and we are proud to be able to provide this.

Our new contract with Waste Management will replace 18-gallon recycling bins with a 96-gallon cart, which is the same size as residents' current trash cart. Due to the large recycling capacity of the new carts, recycling pick-up will be scheduled for every other week versus the current weekly schedule.

The new recycling carts will have a yellow lid that will be marked "Recycling Only." These carts should be delivered by this weekend. Waste Management has two weeks to finish delivery of the new service schedule, which began on July 6.

A brochure was attached to the new carts, detailing the new recycling schedule for each neighborhood. Service for collection of waste will remain unchanged.

Residents are encouraged to keep their existing 18-gallon bin in their home or office to collect recyclables and then transport them to the new 96-gallon recycling cart.

Recyclable reminders:

Waste Management will also attach a brochure to the new carts reminding residents of what materials can be recycled and what materials cannot and should be discarded in the trash. The Waste Management recycling program accepts:

• Plastic bottles (please throw caps away - or save them to recycle elsewhere)

• Plastic containers

• Food and beverage cans

• Paper

• Flattened cardboard and paperboard

• Glass bottles and containers

Waste Management recycling program does not accept:

• Food and liquids

• Foam cups and containers

• Batteries

• Green waste

• Clothing, furniture and carpet

• Plastic bags (never bag your recyclables, just place directly in cart)

Additionally, Waste Management is now offering an on-call pick up service for bulk and "white good" items for residents, but this needs to be scheduled in advance by calling Waste Management Customer Service at 1-888-964-9730, or by email at southatlantic-cs@wm.com. The $25 charge per bulk item must be prepaid by the resident when the pickup is scheduled.

Bulk items or white goods (i.e. appliances) are items such as: furniture, mattresses, box springs and cloth furniture, washing machines and dryers.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com

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