Garbage may be taken to the Manawa Area Recycling Center starting on Thursday, June 4.
The cost will be $2.50 per garbage bag. As before, there is no cost for recycling at the facility, located at 1305 Industrial Drive, Manawa.
Garbage must be put in a clear bag that does not exceed 35 gallons or 30 pounds. A blue garbage tag must be put around the neck of the bag.
The blue garbage tags for the Manawa Area Recycling Center are available starting June 1 at The Store and at Remington’s Quality Foods.
The facility’s summer hours are 3-6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The facility does not charge for the disposal of recyclables including plastic containers, paper and cardboard.
The recyclables must be separated and put in the proper containers at the facility. For more information about separating recyclables, visit www.waupaccountyrecycling.com.
Bulky trash items and other recyclables,such as appliances, electronics, yard waste and tires, must be taken to the Waupaca County Processing & Transfer Facility at E4981 Swan Road, Manawa.
Participating in the Pay-by-the-Bag program is optional. People and businesses may still choose to pay for curbside pickup of garbage and recyclables.
“The pay per bag program is fair to everybody because you pay only for the garbage you throw away,” said Debbie Krogwald, Waupaca County’s recycling coordinator. “When people recycle everything they should, there is very little garbage.”
The Pay-By-The-Bag garbage program is operated at three other sites in Waupaca County. The other sites are in Waupaca, Clintonville and Iola.
“We are excited to offer this program at the Manawa site,” Krogwald said. “Once people hear about it and how it can save them money, they will wish we had started the program here years ago.”
The Manawa Area Recycling Center was established by six municipalities to meet the state’s recycling requirements. It is operated by the city of Manawa, village of Ogdensburg and the towns of Little Wolf, Royalton, Lebanon and St. Lawrence.
According to Krogwald, the facility sells collected recyclables on the open market to help offset its operating costs.
“The pay by bag program will help offset the cost of recycling,” Krogwald said. “This program will save money for the municipalities by helping to lower the cost of operating the recycling center. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
People who choose not to participate in the Pay-by-the-Bay program may continue to bring recyclables to the Manawa facility.
For more information, call Krogwald at 715-258-6240.