John Boyle, Asheville Citizen Times Published 5:00 a.m. ET March 24, 2020
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:
Question: We recently had our first week of using the new Waste Pro containers here in Weaverville. The recycling truck does not have a power lift for the recycling containers. If the recycling is loose in the container, the collector has to lift the container up into the air in order to empty it into the truck. Wouldn’t it be easier for the collector to grab a blue bag out of the container and toss it into the recycling truck?
My answer: If I had known back in mid-2019 just how many Waste Pro questions I’d field in the next 10 months, I would have instituted a “Waste Pro question surcharge” much sooner.
Real answer: “Buncombe County requires automated side load trucks that feature hydraulic lift arms,” said Ron Pecora, senior vice president at Waste Pro USA. “There is extensive information on the county web site, including the fact that plastic bags clog up recycling equipment.”
You can find a lot of that information at wasteprousa.com/buncombe-county/.
It includes this information on “How to Prepare Recyclables:
• Empty all bottles, cans, and containers (lids and labels may remain on).
• Break down and flatten corrugated cardboard.
• Secure the lid on the recycling container to prevent paper from blowing out.
• Set your recyclables out to the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day, if you have curbside pickup.
By the way, people always ask, so here’s a list of what is not recyclable: aluminum foil, dishes or cookware, Styrofoam, plastic wrap, paper towels or tissues, window or mirror glass, black microwavable trays, light bulbs and plastic bags.
The county recommends returning clean, dry plastic bags to stores that provide designated plastic bag recycling drop-off bins, such as Ingles, Harris Teeter, Food Lion and Lowe’s.
I know from talking to the folks at Curbside Management in Woodfin, which processes most of the area’s recyclables, that the blue bags really cause problems with their machinery. So do them and everybody else a favor and keep the bags out of the recycling.
Question: The other part of Waste Pro reasoning that I’m having trouble with is they’ve been picking up my bear-proof trash can with their automated equipment all along. If the can hasn’t changed and their equipment hasn’t changed, why is there a sudden incompatibility between the two that requires me to purchase a nearly identical $300 container from them?
My answer: The only incompatibility here, bub, is between your wallet and the cash that wants to stay in there.
Real answer: “Buncombe County required new equipment in the new contract,” Pecora said. “The specifications for that equipment is not compatible with the older bear cans.”
I’m still getting Waste Pro trash bin questions, you may have surmised, because the company started delivering new trash and recycling rolling carts to customers on Dec. 15 and has rolled out 59,000 carts since then to the unincorporated parts of the county.
The bear-resistant trash bins are $300 each and are available upon request, by the way.
This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Read or Share this story: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/03/24/answer-man-waste-pro-questions-dont-stop-because-coronavirus/2897596001/