November 17th, 2010 Categories: Alexandria
Earlier this year the City of Alexandria announced a new recycling program. At the heart of the program were new containers with embedded chips.
Goodbye open yellow containers, hello sleek rolling blue cans!
Truthfully we didn’t pay much attention to the announcement, nor to the fact that each new container would carry an embedded chip.
It soon became evident however that this embedded chip was the source of great angst for many. Government conspiracy, a way to raise taxes, invasion of privacy, etc., etc.
Now, thanks to a forum sponsored by Agenda Alexandria and reported by interested neighbors, we offer the following:
- The embedded chips record block number and street name, not the name of the property owner.
- The chips DO NOT track how much or what kind of trash an individual recycles.
- The data collected by the embedded chips is used to determine the rate of recycling by route and day.
- Recycling is not mandatory and non-participants cannot be fined or “punished” in any way.
- Cost to dispose of one ton of trash – $75. Recycling “earns” the city $30 per ton.
- The Solid Waste User Fee will increase from $331 to $336. This includes leaf and Christmas tree collection, weekly trash disposal, spring cleanup and recycling.
- Mixing all recyclable materials together allows a reduction in the number of trucks and personnel, i.e., allowing for a more efficient use of city resources.
The following materials can be recycled:
- mixed paper (including paperboard from cereal boxes)
- plastics numbered 1-7
- rigid plastics
- coat hangers
- aluminum cans, foil and trays
- plastic bags (in a bag)
- empty aerosol cans
- gable-top juice and milk containers
The following items can NOT be recycled:
- take out food containers and Styrofoam
- pots and pans
- light bulbs
- batteries, paint cans and other hazardous items
And finally, if you think you need/want a smaller/larger container based on your weekly needs, call the Solid Waste Division of the City after Dec. 1 to request a new size. For more information phone 703.746.4410 or visit alexandria.gov/recycling.