Morris recycling center accepting hard plastic
Morris recycling center and trash transfer station foreman Sam Luchene, left, and attendant Greg Vail with a pile of hard plastic they were preparing to throw into the facility's new collection bin. BZ photo
The trash transfer station and recycling center in Morris is providing a new service to residents that will reduce what goes into the waste stream and save the town money.
The facility has begun accepting hard plastic that previously could not be recycled and only added weight to the trash in the waste stream. Hard plastic includes five-gallon buckets, playground equipment, law chairs trash cans and toys.
By removing hard plastic from the waste stream, the town will save money on the cost of having its trash taken away by USA Hauling and Recycling, which charges the town $65 a ton. USA Hauling and Recycling will also pay the town for the hard plastic, typically 10 to 15 cents a ton.
Hard plastic is being collected in a large bin the town bought using a grant of $6,550 from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The grant was secured by Sam Luchene, foreman of the trash transfer station and recycling center.