IMLAY TWP. — Although some have abused the free service, Imlay Township officials know that many residents appreciate the chance to recycle household items and hope they don't lose that offering.
Supervisor Steve Hoeksema reports that several residents contacted their offices following a story in the March 28 Tri-City Times that detailed how some users ignored signage asking that no items be left outside of the bin located just north of the township hall on Fairgrounds Rd. Frustrated with continued misuse, Hoeksema said the township board would discuss terminating the program.
"One gentleman offered to make a tool to push recyclables to the center of the bin and another resident offered to help clean up the site," Hoeksema said.
"Obviously there are people who appreciate it and are willing to make it work."
Hoeksema said the township hasn't decided what their next step will be, but for now the recyling program will continue.
The bin is intended for township resident use only and is emptied every two weeks. Imlay officials pay Republic Services $380 dollars each time that happens. They discussed moving that pickup to every week but determined they couldn't afford the extra cost. Officials have said that although the dumpster may appear full there is often room for more items and they encourage users to crush plastic items to allow for more space.
Republic Services accepts a wide variety of materials for recycling including all kinds of metal (aerosol cans, food and aluminum cans, clean foil wrap and pans, and pots and pans), all kinds of glass, paper products (cardboard, boxboard, clean pizza boxes, shredded paper), nearly all types of plastic and even phone books.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.