Salisbury Public Works will introduce a new recycling contractor beginning July 1. Republic Services won the bid after a recent Request for Proposals to manage the city’s recycling program. The contract is for three years.
To help with a smooth transition from Waste Management to Republic Services over the next two months, please read below. THe FAQ's are also in a document you can download, link below.
Why is the city changing recycling contractors?
The City of Salisbury recently signed a three-year contract with Republic Services to continue Salisbury’s recycling program after its contract with Waste Management was not renewed.
Why wasn’t the contract with Waste Management renewed?
Waste Management choose not to renew the previous contract at its current recycling rate due to increased costs.In addition, the City of Salisbury was looking for a partnership with our vendor that would help us improve educational efforts on recycling and help find ways to clean up our single stream. Cost was also a factor in the decision. We want to provide the best service at the lowest cost.
When will this change take place?
The Republic Services contract is set to begin on July 1, 2020.
Will I have to do anything differently?
Minus the timing challenges with the collection of old bins and delivery of the new bins, we do not expect a noticeable change in service for recycling collection.
Do I keep the same bin or will I get a new one? If new, when will my new bin arrive?
All residents will receive a new recycling bin and a recycling information packet. Please read it carefully.
We will provide the date of your old bin pick up soon. Your new, blue and white bins should arrive sometime just before July 1st.
Will I have to pay extra for this change in contractors?
Residents pay a recycling collection fee that is included in the water utility bill. It is anticipated that there will be a slight change in recycling costs in the next budget year that must be voted upon by City Council in June.
Will our routes finally become weekly instead of bi-weekly?
Recycling routes will continue to run bi-weekly.
Will you service businesses?
If a business is able to manage a recycling bin like a residential home, you are able to receive recycling services. Please contact 704-638-5300 to set up recycling service.
May I order a second bin?
Yes. Additional bins can be ordered for an additional cost. Please contact 704-638-5260 to order the second bin. There will be no charge for the second bin, but there will be an addition collection fee that will be applied to your monthly bill.
I have never had a recycling bin/My recycling bin was stolen. Will I receive a new bin?
Yes. Every resident in the city limits will receive a new recycling bin. Recycling information pack will be included with your new bin.
What items can I recycle?
Accepted Items include: Office and school papers, catalogues, brown paper bags, junk mail, cleaned plastic bottles/containers, magazines and newspapers, cleaned cans (steel, tin and aluminum), phone books, corrugated cardboard and box and paper board.
What items can’t be recycled?
Unaccepted items include: broken / sharp glass, food, yard waste, scrap metal, frozen food containers, ceramic materials, hazardous items, non-recyclable plastics, plastic trash bags, cloth / clothing, shredded paper, liquids, loose plastic bags and package wrap or any soiled items, pizza boxes, glass bottles and jars (brown, clear, green and blue)
Have recent efforts to clean the stream been effective?
With recent education efforts to inform residents about how to “Recycle Right,” we’ve reduced our contamination rate by 10 tons per month. Our residents should be congratulated. Recycling Right helps to save money and help the environment.