NORWALK, Conn. – It’s clear: Many Norwalk residents did not get the memo – or the Code Red call.
The Spring Hill neighborhood featured many old-style recycling bins still full of discarded materials late Monday afternoon in spite of numerous attempts on the part of the city to notify Norwalkers of the change to single-stream recycling.
The switch began Monday. Mayor Richard Moccia used the Notify Norwalk system, also called Code Red, on June 7 to spread the news about the big blue recycling bins that were to begin being delivered the following Monday. There have been public service announcements. Each new bin featured a bright orange sticker, informing recipients in both English and Spanish not to use them until July 1.
Many people got it. Most, even. Far from everyone.
A non-scientific survey of the Spring Hill neighborhood – a half hour drive – found the old-style bins out at the curb in front of at least 42 homes, still full of plastic bottles and other items. There were three on Woodbury Avenue, five on Rhondonalia Park, six on Magnolia Avenue, three on Girard Street, five on Leuvine Street between Loomis and Girard, three on Fairview – you get the picture.
To clarify – there were more-old style bins than that. If there were two or three at the same location, NancyOnNorwalk counted it as one. If the bin appeared to be empty, it was not counted.
At 4:42 p.m., a City Carting truck made its way up Stuart Avenue, driving past an old-style bin. Although NancyOnNorwalk commenter Oldtimer had supposed that the trucks might have mechanical arms to pick up the new bins, two men did all the work manually.
It doesn’t look like the city will have any better luck Tuesday in Rowayton and Brookside. At about 9 p.m. Monday there were old-style bins out for pickup at 13 homes on Highland Avenue. There were three old-style bins on Devil’s Garden Road, one on Michael Avenue and one on Witch Lane.
One Wilson Avenue resident had an old-style bin sitting on top of a new bin.
Common Councilman David McCarthy (R-District E), chairman of the Department of Public Works Committee, said the change has been on the city’s website for months.
“All the promotional information says that the old bins will not be collected,” he said in an email. “… We are on single stream, not whatever people want to do. I drove around Rowayton and found two. Some people need to learn through experience.”