The City of Sylvania's curbside recycling program is switching from the current open blue tubs to larger covered carts.
The change is in response to problems with recyclables blowing around neighborhoods on windy collection days, and will also allow switching to an every other week collection schedule in order to reduce expenses.
Each household will receive a new 95 gallon covered recycling cart, or a smaller 65 gallon covered cart if you requested it when offered in February. Both size carts have wheels for moving it to and from the street.
The new carts will be delivered to homes by Republic Services, the City's recycling collection contractor, between April 15 and April 20. The old blue collection tubs are not being collected for reuse by Republic Services and can be kept by residents, but can no longer be used to set out recyclables beginning April 22. The City will provide a drop off for residents that don't want to keep their tubs.
Beginning the week of April 22, on your current collection day, all curbside recycling collection will be by automated truck and only recyclables placed in the new covered carts will be collected. Automated arms will lift and dump the carts into the truck without the driver leaving the truck cab.
Recycling collection will then occur every other week on your regular collection day, in lieu of the current weekly collection schedule. The materials that can be recycled is unchanged – aluminum and metal cans, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, paper bags and shredded office paper.
Garbage collection will be unchanged and will continue weekly using your existing containers. The green waste recycling schedule will also remain unchanged and will be as published in the City's Country Journal newsletter published in January.
Sylvania City Council has approved new three-year contracts with Republic Services for both garbage collection and curbside recycling. The covered recycling carts will be evaluated at the end of the contract for efficiency and effectiveness. The possible use of covered carts for automated weekly trash collection will also be considered.