Perrysburg sees jump in recycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:45
PERRYSBURG - After a month in action, the city's new automated refuse system is shaping up to be a success.
Public Services Director Jon Eckel said this week that recycling in the city has increased more than 72 percent by weight since the new system - which involves separate wheeled toters for recyclables and trash - was inaugurated on Earth Day, April 22.
Prior to the new system, recycling in the city stood at 18 percent by weight; it is now at 31 percent.
"So everything we hoped to do so far is happening."
The system, which additionally uses automated trucks along with the toters, is expected to save the city $300,000 annually.
Eckel noted that Best Equipment, which is working with the refuse operation, told them this is "the smoothest operation and transition that they have ever seen in their history of doing business." The company was additionally impressed by the public relations and training efforts utilized to bring the automated system about.
"And people seem to be more accepting of it, and are coming around and saying 'We didn't know what to think, but now we see the cans out there, uniform and in a row, and it looks much nicer.'"
However, there continues to be a learning curve for those operating the trucks.
"Just the trials and tribulations of a new program," said Eckel. "We've had a couple guffaws with the arms maybe scraping a car here," and one garage was also caught.
"Just little things like that that the guys have to learn to operate."
Additionally, refuse collection on Mondays, in which the trucks are employed to collect trash in tight-fitting alleys in the city, is taking hours longer than collections during the rest of the week.
Monday crews often get done around 4:30 or 5 p.m.; the rest of the week they finish between 2 or 2:30 p.m.
"The alley pickup on Monday is still going pretty slow. But we're probably going to adjust Monday's route" so that some of it will be picked up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays "simply by redirecting some of the workload so that they get done in a decent amount of time."
"We're getting there," said Eckel.

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