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Posted on: January 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Village experiencing increase in recycling contamination charges

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Shorewood residents, we need your help and feedback!

There are currently are two large recycling containers at the DPW yard. These containers are officially available for public use weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as during Saturdays when the compactor is open. These containers are monitored only during the Saturday hours when a DPW employee is stationed nearby to collect the gate fee for compactor use.

By contract, the Village pays a monthly invoice of $413 to service these containers. The most recent invoice included a $528 additional disposal fee for contaminated loads in the containers. It is staff's understanding that recent overseas markets for recyclable materials has dwindled and domestic processors are more stringent on their contamination guidelines. If residents continue to dump non-recyclable materials in the containers contaminating the loads, the Village may see a financial impact of $6,000 or more that currently isn't budgeted for 2019.

Staff presented a few options to the Village Board this past Monday. Those options varied from eliminating the drop-off, reducing the hours for the recycling drop-off to only Saturdays, adding more clear signage to what is allowed in the containers, adding a security camera to monitor the area (this would entail staff time to review the security camera), or assigning staff to monitor the area (which means a DPW service would be reduced or eliminated as a result). Even though signage and education are the more positive options, staff and officials recognize that signage and education can only do so much to help this issue.

Therefore, we need your help with two things. First, before you recycle something in the containers at the DPW yard, please review the list of recyclable items to assure you aren't contaminating the containers. Secondly, review the list above and identify some potential solutions that you think are fair, effective, and achievable. Village Manager Rebecca Ewald (rewald@villageofshorewood.org) would love to hear your feedback so that when the Village continues to discuss this topic with the Village Board, she can present your thoughts to them. Thank you for your help, and any help that you can do to educate your friends and neighbors is greatly appreciated!

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