“It’s great to see the strong support we’re getting from residents for our recycling program,” said. David Stewart, PE, CPM, Director of Public Works/City Engineer, City of Hazelwood. “In 2008, the City negotiated a contract with Veolia Environmental Services to provide a 65-gallon recycling cart to every one- and two-family residence in our community free of charge. Most of these carts were delivered last fall. This has made it easier for people to be more green-friendly and separate recycling items from their regular trash.”
For the first nine months of 2008, recyclable collections averaged 28 tons per month in the City of Hazelwood. After residents received their recycling carts in October 2008, collections skyrocketed to an average of 90 tons per month for the last quarter. This produced an increase of approximately 223 percent.
In 2009, the amount of recyclable tonnage collected from Hazelwood has nearly tripled on a monthly basis. The top producing months are as follows: December (120.83 tons); October (96.75 tons); November (88.43 tons); May (85.33 tons); and February (82.61 tons).
According to Al Heinermann, Veolia’s Municipal Market Representative, “We normally see an increase in recycling volumes in communities that utilize recycling carts. But Hazelwood’s results are phenomenal, exceeding everyone’s expectations. It’s one of the largest percentage increases in recycling volumes collected that we’ve seen from any municipality in the St. Louis area.”
“We’re proud of our residents for becoming more environmentally-conscious and supportive of the changes we’ve made to the City’s recycling program,” said Mayor Matthew Robinson, City of Hazelwood. “Our goal is to get more residents involved in efforts to recycle, reuse and conserve energy in order to make Hazelwood a greener community.”
City Of Hazelwood’s Recycling Program Going Strong, Add One
Hazelwood residents are making a difference with their recycling efforts for the following reasons:
- Recycling industry’s economic impact to the St. Louis region surpasses the national average by at least 25 percent. Nearly 16,000 people are employed by 1,500 local businesses.
- Recycling reduces the amount of waste being put in our landfills
- Recycling helps maintain lower trash hauling rates by delaying the need to build new landfills
- Recycling preserves our natural resources by using less trees and reusing valuable materials
- Recycling saves energy and keeps costs low by reducing the need for raw materials.
For more information on which items can be recycled, visit the City of Hazelwood’s website at www.hazelwoodmo.org. Read the article titled, “Save Our Planet by Recycling” in the What’s New section.
We can make a difference as City of Hazelwood residents
Because of global warming, polar ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica are melting much faster than scientists believed, even melting at “runaway” rates. Our air pollution is getting worse and we’re running out of space for landfills to put our trash. In fact, we’re losing the trees we need to absorb carbon dioxide out of the air. Did you know that we’re cutting down rainforests at the rate of 100 acres per minute? And, did you know the average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year? We could save nearly 100 million tons of wood every year if all that paper was recycled.
We can make a difference if we work together to “Save Our Planet” through recycling. The City of Hazelwood is urging all residents to “GO GREEN” by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! Since improvements have been made to waste hauling techniques, all recyclables can be collected from a single container-we don’t have to sort them anymore. Plus, new recycling markets now make it possible to recycle about 80% of what we throwaway.
Let’s make our homes more green-friendly
Any paper products that tear are considered recyclable. We’re encouraging all City residents to put their recyclables in the 65-gallon cart and take them out to the curb for pick-up on a regular basis.
REDUCE’ REUSE’ RECYCLE,
Here are lists of recyclable items you can collect:
Catalogs / Paperback books
Office paper, file folders and envelopes
Other boxes for cereal, dry foods, beverage cases, frozen foods, and gifts
(Don’t include hardback books and sanitary items like tissues, toilet paper & paper towels.)
Aluminum & Steel Tin Cans
Food or pie trays
Metal food cans
Empty aerosol cans
Food and beverage containers
(Don’t include ceramics, mirrors or window glass)
Check for the recycling symbol on the bottom of the container
(#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7 are accepted – everything except #6)
Milk & juice jugs
Laundry & soap bottles
Dairy product tubs-butter, yogurt, margarine
Health & Beauty containers
(Don’t include plastic bags of any kind)
Hazardous Recycling Materials (Do not put in recycling cart)
Paints, stains, varnishes, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, gasoline and other fuels, solvents and strippers, aerosols, motor
oil and filters, gas cylinders (BBQ pit size or smaller), fluorescent tubes, rechargeable batteries, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pool chemicals and other acids and bases, car batteries, wood preservatives, containing mercury (such as thermometers, thermostats and mercuric salts). Don’t include medical items (needles driveway sealant, and items & syringes) and containers filled with hazardous materials.