Westminster OKs recycling notice

February 09, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The Westminster City Council gave final approval last night to an ordinance that will require landlords to notify tenants of city trash pickup and recycling regulations.

The action came on the heels of a report that city residents recycled 27 percent of their trash in January. Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said the statistic means that 80 percent of Westminster residents are participating in the recycling program.

Not that there aren't still a few glitches. Mr. Brown said some residents apparently are under the impression that used cat litter is recyclable, and have been placing it in recycling bins for weekly pickup.

Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein said that in addition to common misunderstandings such as putting broken drinking glasses in bins -- they're not recyclable -- one bin was found to contain a dead cat.

To help citizens get clear on what items can be recycled, the city's contract trash collector plans to mail explanatory brochures to the 3,800 units that get city services for refuse removal. Planning and Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard said the mailing will include a one-page synopsis of rules that landlords will also receive as notices for tenants.

Mr. Beyard said the public works department has received complaints from citizens who see recyclables emptied into trash trucks. Those are "contaminated bins" that contain non-recyclable items such as the wrong kinds of plastic, he said.

Ms. Orenstein reported some public confusion over the term "curbside pickup." Some citizens took the term literally and placed their recycling bins at front curbs, causing trash collectors who come through the alleys for pickup to miss the items on the front curbs, she said.

City officials are also thinking ahead to grass-clipping season. Mr. Brown said the easiest option for Westminster appears to be to take the clippings to the county landfill at Reese, where county officials promise the yard waste will be composted without charge.

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