Village to move to single-stream option
Beginning in November, they will be able to set their paper, plastic, cans and glass recyclables at the curb - all mixed together in one bin.
When the Village Board met this month, it voted to move from the three-sort method of recycling to single-stream recycling, effective in November.
For residents, curbside collection of recycled waste is on the last Monday of the month.
This means the first time residents will place all of their recyclables in one bin will be on Monday, Nov. 26.
Debbie Krogwold, with the Waupaca County Solid Waste and Recycling Department, explained the option before the board's vote.
"We're seeing in the county some municipal programs wanting to go to single stream. It's still separate from garbage, but you can combine paper with plastics, aluminum," she told the board.
The village contracts with Graichen Sanitation Services for residential, curbside pickup of recycling, as well as garbage.
Its current contract with Graichen runs through the end of the year, which is why Krogwold was before the board this month to explain this option before the contract is renewed.
Once the single-stream recycling program begins in Fremont, those items will be transported by Graichen to Outagamie County's Processing and Transfer Facility.
Krogwold said Waupaca County's Processing and Transfer Facility it not set up for single-stream recycling, while Outagamie County retrofitted its facility to handle single stream.
"We work with Outagamie County on other programs, so we can work with the haulers to get it to Outagamie County," she said.
Outagamie has been paying about $25 per ton for recyclables, and that money is given back to the haulers, Krogwold said, adding that the village will want to work with Graichen on thow those funds are dispersed.
About four tons of recyclables go out of the village each month, she said.
Garbage is picked up every Monday in the village.
On the one Monday of the month that both garbage and recyclables are collected, residents are being told to place their garbage bin on one side of their driveway and their recycling bin on the other side, she said.
Krogwold said residents do not need to buy any special type of bin for their recyclables.
"The contract (with Graichen) is for residential only," she said. "Single stream is the wave of the future."
During the Nov. 6 election, Village Clerk Karen Looker plans to have information available for residents about the upcoming change.
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