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Weekly recycling comes to Beverly

Posted by Terri Ogan  June 27, 2013 09:28 AM

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All Beverly residents can put out their recycling for weekly collection, effective with the first weekly trash collection on July 1.

The change comes as a result of a new contract that was recently negotiated with the city’s trash hauler, JRM.

“Every pound of trash diverted into recycling is good for the planet and saves money,” said Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon in a recent announcement. “We hope that weekly collection will encourage more people to recycle.”

Another change that comes along with the introduction of weekly recycling is that the number of 35-gallon trash barrels and/or bags each residence or apartment is permitted to use will drop from 10 per week to five.

“In order to pay for the increased recycling pick-ups, we’ve had to drop the limit of refuse collected," Scanlon said. "I think people will find that the more paper, glass, plastic and tin they put in their recycling bin, the fewer trash bags and barrels they’ll need. In the end it’s all good for the community and the environment."

No changes have been made to the types of materials that can be recycled and the maximum weight for any trash barrel or bag remains at 40 pounds.

For more details on the changes visit the city's recycling website. Residents with recycling questions that are not answered on the city’s web site can call 978-605-2355 or email their recycling questions to recycle@beverlyma.gov and can expect to have an answer within 24 hours.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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