NORWALK, Conn. – This is it, folks – the last week you can use your old-fashioned recycling tubs.
OK, the Department of Public Works has been sending out two-paragraph press releases in a campaign to get people’s attention – one release per week. They “would appreciate greatly that this information be included in (my) publication” but I figured you folks knew all about it and I haven’t put them up. After all, you did get a Code Red announcement from the mayor.
Just in case I’m wrong, WE ARE SWITCHING TO SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING. You get to throw everything into one container, but don’t use the big blue garbage can-like thingy with the official Norwalk seal on it until next Monday (July 1). Assuming you have it by now. We do. Good thing. My husband’s birthday is Thursday and the delivery of the “big blue shed” means I don’t have to buy him a present.
Here’s the latest press release:
Recycling a ton of newspaper saves 17 trees from being cut down to make new paper and saves enough energy to power the average U.S. home for six months. Every ton of recycling that you separate saves the city $102.50. Please make every effort to separate more.
Isn’t that great? I have been feeling guilty about not printing these notices, what with my nice-girl-Catholic gene and all. I feel better now, I have shared this all with you.
This is news: If they usually come by and grab everything you want to get rid of (referred to by your dog as “stealing the garbage”) on Thursday, don’t bother putting it out on July 4. They will come get it on Saturday, July 6. Your dog will have to live with it.
And guess what? The Norwalk Transfer Station and the Yard Debris Site will be closed Thursday, July 4, and will reopen for regular business hours on Friday, July 5. Bet you hadn’t figured that out.
Last, but not least, the first press release:
Single Stream Recycling will make recycling easier for citizens because all recycled materials are mixed together in one container. You will not have to separate paper and cardboard from glass, metal and plastic. The 65-gallon recycling carts will be distributed over a three-week period starting June 10, 2013. Please do not use the blue carts until July 1, or they will not be emptied.
And, if you want to annoy the mayor, send him an email saying you’re going to miss being able to pick up the bin instead of rolling it to the curb.
Wait! I’m kidding! DON’T send an email to the mayor! And if you do, DON’T say I told you to do it! I will deny everything!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200. Don’t call me. I don’t really know anything more than what I’ve told you already.