To the editor:
It appears that the Cheraw Town Council is considering stopping the curbside pickup of recycleable plastics, paper, etc. Currently, if a resident of Cheraw (customer) agrees to have $3 per month added to his or her water and sewer bill, the town will provide the customer with a container which can be used to hold recycleables for pickup each week.
I enthusiastically signed up for this service, but it appears not enough other water and sewer customers have signed up to make the program pay for itself. It seems to me that there has been almost zero promotion of the program by the town. If the program was promoted more to the residents of Cheraw, I believe the participation rate would increase.
The garbage that the town now collects goes to the landfill “mountain” near Bishopville. You, the customer, must pay to haul it to Bishopville and pay a tipping fee for each ton of garbage dumped. This cost is included in your water and sewer bill.
If more customers were to put their paper and plastics into the recycling program rather than into the garbage, there would be less garbage to haul to Bishopville and fewer tipping fees to pay.
We all like to think of Cheraw as a pretty, modern and progressive small town. We want a town that is attractive to potential newcomers. Having a modern recycling program shows that the town is up to date with its services.
If you have thoughts on this, talk to your town councilman.