Most people grow up hearing the phrase, “waste not, want not.” But in an age where recycling products has become one the newest avenues for invention, people are paying closer attention to what is — and isn’t — waste.
Cheraw Town Council members, discouraged by the lack of resident participation in the recycling services offered, nearly scrapped the program earlier this summer. But at the earnest request of several local residents, including Sarah Ann Thompson and Bob Eskridge, the program has been extended for one year.
That extension, however, comes with the challenge of increasing the number of residents who actually recycle their aluminum, paper and plastic items. Thompson and Eskridge have taken on that challenge and are forming a committee to help raise awareness and increase participation.
This week, a letter was mailed to all of the town’s water and trash service customers, reminding them of town guidelines concerning recyclable products, refuse and yard debris.
The most significant change in the town’s new policies that will take effect Sept. 1, has to do with yard debris.
“The biggest thing people need to know about yard debris is the change in the size of tree limbs we’ll be able to pick up,” said Donna Byrd, director of the Public Works Department.
The new policy states that trees and shrubs placed by the curb for pickup should not be more than 4 feet long and not more than 6 inches in diameter.
Just in case you didn’t receive a letter on the new policies, or haven’t read it yet, here are a few of the highlights you should know about your household waste, and how to dispose of it properly.
- Yard debris is considered to be leaves, grass clippings, limbs, shrubs and trees cut into sections not to exceed 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length.
- All commercial businesses hired to cut trees will be responsible for the removal of such material.
- For debris generated on vacant lots, the town will pick up one 6-cubic-yard load of debris and the property owner will be responsible for the remainder.
- Christmas trees are collected curbside from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11. Remove all decorations, including nails from the stand.
* Exceptions for yard debris will be made in cases where storms cause excessive damage.
The materials the town can accept for recycling purposes include aluminum, steel and tin cans, No. 1 plastics (usually soft drink bottles), No. 2 plastics (milk jugs and detergent bottles), and clean mixed paper products such as magazines, catalogs, newspaper, catalogs, telephone books, office paper, junk mail and cereal or other dry food boxes.
- White goods such as washing machines, dryers, stoves, refrigerators and water heaters, as well as furniture, can be picked up, but residents need to call and schedule pickup for those types of items.
- The town will not collect poisons, acid, caustic, infectious materials, explosives, chemical liquids and/or powders, household garbage, clothes, cloth material, sheet plastic, full or partially full paint containers. These items are to be taken to a county-operated convenience center such as the one on Tec Road or the Old Burns site near Society Hill.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.