I’ve heard some folks (in Bountiful) ask if they can get rid of the recycling bin or if they have to keep it. Those who have asked don’t plan on using the bin, some, additionally, don’t like always having to pick up the bin when it gets blown over.
The answer is no, you do not have to keep the bin. However, don’t throw it away, damage, or use it for target practice. I’m not positive, but I think you will be charged a fee if you intentionally damage it.
So what do you do with it?
If you are in Bountiful, contact the Bountiful City Streets Department at 298-6175. That’s who I called to get this information. The polite operator will put you on a bin pick up list then ask you to put the bin near the street. They will try to pick it up in 24 to 48 hours. They will also, appropriately, remind you that you must still pay the new recycling fee each month.
I haven’t had the time to call some of the other cities with programs, but would assume the process is the same.
Again, remember, even if you don’t want the recycling bin and won’t use it, in Bountiful you must still pay the fee each month or face you utilities being turned off by the city.
I would also encourage all who recycle (as well as those who don’t, currently, do so) to consider helping charities and using their recycling programs instead of the city’s.
Finally a bit of humor at watching a politician spin an issue. I gleaned this from an article that, otherwise, passes along some decent information on the issue:
“I believe, and I believe most citizens believe, that this is the right and responsible thing to do, and we are committed to keeping the cost low and the service high,” said Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson.
Um, maybe the Mayor forgot that the city surveyed residents and those interested enough in the issue, handily rejected a city recycling program. Additonally, he also seems to have forgotten that they imposed mandatory recycling because they didn’t think they could get even 20% of the population for an opt-in program and had to sneak the measure through.