The Town of Fletcher is putting out new 95-gallon recycling bins in a phased rollout. (Photo: John Boyleemail@example.com)
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:
Question: I live in the Town of Fletcher, and I thought we were supposed to get new, rolling recycling cans? I saw a picture of the mayor with them, saying they were rolling out soon. What’s the story? When will we get them? Also, how much do these cans cost?
My answer: About a year from now, I’m totally going to recycle this question.
Real answer: Full disclosure here — I live in Fletcher, but I didn’t ask the question. OK, my wife did, mainly because we have mounds of recycling that piles up in the garage. But neighbors have asked, too.
The good news is, the new cans are coming!
“In answer to your question, the town is working on a phased plan to transition to 95-gallon roll out carts for recycling services,” said Town Manager Mark Biberdorf. “This came about last year when we were able to obtain grant funding to help jump-start the process.”
The first phase covered the east side of Fletcher, what the town calls the “Friday route.”
“The plan is to cover at least one route per year until we have town-wide coverage,” Biberdorf said. “We have three more areas/routes to go to complete the process.”
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If you’re not familiar, these are the large-style bins, similar to the now-commonplace rolling trash bins in use in Fletcher, Asheville and a lot of other municipalities.
Personally, I’m looking forward to it because we currently often fill up three or four smaller bins every two weeks. I know some folks may complain about the new cans because they don’t have that much recycling, but I think overall it’ll be a big improvement.
By the way, Fletcher does its own garbage pickup, but it contracts with Curbside Management in Buncombe for recycling collection.
As far as the cost, these rolling beauties don’t come cheap — a single cart runs about $50.
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“In the upcoming budget cycle, we will request to purchase enough carts to cover the next route,” Biberdorf said, noting that the upcoming budget cycle for 2019-20 starts on July 1. “We would anticipate purchase of the next round of carts at that point, and implementation of the next phase by this summer.”
To reach every household in Fletcher in one year “would cost just under $150,000,” Biberdorf said, explaining the phased implementation plan.
The new bins come with multiple benefits for the town’s 8,000-plus residents, including diverting more material from the landfill.
“It makes recycling a little easier for our residents, in that they do not have to carry out or drag recycling bins to the curb,” Biberdorf said. “It is cleaner in that it reduces the amount of materials that can potentially be spilled or be blown out as opposed to the bins. Lastly, it has been shown to improve participation rates in communities that use the carts.”
This is the opinion of John Boyle. Contact him at 828-232-5847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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