Collection sites means a stir
January 19, 2018 - garden totes
For years, a city of Scarborough has charity community recycling locations nearby a Maine Veterans Home on Route 1 and Wal-Mart parking lot. During a summer of 2016, compost collection was combined to both sites.
More recently, a Scarborough proprietor says his associate residents are abusing a complement and a city should rethink a value of a service.
“People have done a finish disaster during a town’s comforts and it seems to me (Scarborough) should discharge this use if residents continue to infer they have no negligence for common decency,” pronounced Pleasant Hill proprietor Fred Follansbee.
Follansbee pronounced he stopped during a Route 1 plcae on Jan. 1 to find boxes piled several feet in a atmosphere in front of a china bullet and heaps of compost element descending out of a Garbage to Garden compost totes.
Kerry Grantham, Scarborough’s sustainability coordinator, pronounced she is wakeful of a emanate and to fight it, a city has combined dual recycling containers during a dead-end partial of Payne Road behind On a Vine Marketplace (the aged Dunstan Schoolhouse Restaurant).
“What we had was a ideal assign literally, between a holiday and a continue event, that interrupted a rabble and recycling collect adult routes,” Grantham said. “Pine Tree Waste did an glorious job, yet there were some places here and there that they had difficulty picking up.”
Grantham pronounced crews from a open works dialect revisit a drop-off locations twice a day Monday to Friday to guard them. Because of this, many of a issues, she noted, tend to occur on a weekend.
Grantham pronounced after some crude ordering of equipment this summer, new signage was combined revelation people what can, and can't be left during these sites. Those signs, Grantham said, have “helped a little,” yet a problem has been compounded over a final few months, ever given a whirlwind in late October/ early November.
That Jan. 1 mess, Follansbee said, was “the many gross we have seen, yet utterly mostly we see obtuse piles outward a container.” Follansbee pronounced he typically doesn’t see cosmetic selling bags of compost materials, yet has seen that increasingly some-more mostly in new weeks.
Follansbee pronounced he also sees unchanging rubbish equipment and even massive equipment like desks or mini-fridge and weed clippings/leaves, even yet those equipment shouldn’t be left during a recycling drop-off areas.
Grantham pronounced she has seen equipment such as Styrofoam, construction materials, Christmas lights, garden hoses and even a toilet left during a drop-off centers.
“When recycling starts descending outward a bins, it starts to attract garbage,” Grantham said. “Once a resident, or someone flitting by see a piles of cardboard, it becomes a free-for-all. We’ve has issues over a past year of people treating a china bullets as if it were a barter emporium and withdrawal computers, piles of garments for others to have, yet that is illegal. That is littering.”
The city does not have a barter emporium of a own, yet does have an agreement with a city of Saco, in that Scarborough residents can use an online barter emporium to dispose of equipment they don’t want, or hunt for equipment they need.
There are other arrangements for a correct ordering of many of a equipment Follansbee and Grantham have seen during a drop-off areas.
Excess residential plain was can brought to a Scarborough Public Works Department during 20 Washington Ave., after signing in during a front lobby, Monday by Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Things such as massive waste, yard debris, construction materials, appliances or wiring rubbish should be brought, for a fee, to a Community Recycling Center on Runway Road on a Scarborough/South Portland line. Electronics can be brought giveaway of assign to Goodwill, Best Buy, Staples locations or a Pine Tree Waste trickery during 87 Pleasant Hill Road. Residents can also, for a charge, dispose of equipment during a Riverside Recycling Center on Riverside Street in Portland.
If function doesn’t improve, Follansbee pronounced a city competence have to force residents to “deposit rubbish during a dump or compensate some-more for larger curbside collect up.”
“While we am a eremite composter and recycler and would be contemptible to see a module go, we would totally know if a city separated these sites since some members of a community’s behavior,” Follansbee said.
Grantham pronounced she still “absolutely” sees a value in charity residents these drop-off sites, yet they do need to be used in a some-more obliged fashion, something she hopes a new plcae on Payne Road will help.
Grantham pronounced if residents are customarily anticipating they are stuffing adult their 64-gallon recycling receptacle before their pickup day, they can ask a 96-gallon receptacle from a open work dialect giveaway of assign by job a bureau during 730-4400.
For some-more information about recycling, composting or Scarborough’s sustainability efforts, revisit http://www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/sustainability.
Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached during firstname.lastname@example.org.