Starting April 15, Sylvania residents will be receiving new, covered recycling carts.
Republic Services of Toledo, in conjunction with the city of Sylvania, is replacing the now-in-use smaller open bins with 95-gallon or 65-gallon carts that will have lids to help prevent recyclables from blowing away.
“The previous bins were exposed to air, wind, and other weather conditions. So this new bin prevents plastic bottles being blowing around on a windy day,” said Paul Rasmusson, sales manager for Republic Services. This solution will accommodate the city's recycling program, which has one of the highest participation rates in the area, said Mr. Rasmusson.
Residents will automatically receive the 95-gallon bins, unless they indicate they would like the smaller size. Residents will not be charged for the new carts. To make a request call Republic Services at 419-472-1165 by mid-March.
New containers will be delivered to homes April 15 through April 20. Because of the large holding capacity of the new bins, collection will be biweekly starting on April 22. Recyclables are now picked up each week. The recycling schedule varies by street and no change will be made on the day of the pickup. The schedule is available online at cityofsylvania.com. Use the quick link at the right labeled "Refuse & Recycling" to view the 2013 refuse pick-up schedule or call the Sylvania's Utilities Billing Office at 419-885-8947.
A notification regarding the change in service, along with a reminder of what is recyclable, will be sent to residents shortly, said Mr. Rasmusson.
As before, residents will not be required to sort their recyclables. A benefit of the closed carts is that separate paper bags are not needed for newspapers, which can now go directly in the cart, along with plastics, tin cans, cardboard boxes, junk mail, magazines, plastic bags, and cookware.
An example of the new carts can be viewed at the front entrance of the Sylvania administration building, 6730 Monroe St.
Chris Diver, a staff member of the utilities office, said overall, residents seem happy with the change. "Some do think they [the containers] are too large, but overall most people are pleased. Once they go into effect we will get more comments," she said.