I think everyone's received their trash and recycling bins by now. What at least half of you probably didn't receive was a mailing from Mascaro with the new instructions for trash and recycling collection.
They're addressed to the homeowner, which is great if you own and live in your home, but 59% of Norristown residents rent. My brother's one of them and he didn't get a mailing. His likely went to his landlord. Even if you rent and your landlord is living nearby, and conscientious enough to pass on the mailing to you, well, if you have more than one apartment in the house you live in, your landlord will need to be extra conscientious and make copies for all of his tenants. I don't see that happening in most cases. So Mascaro get's a "D-minus" in disseminating information.
If you didn't get a mailing, call 1-800-432-1616 and request one be delivered to you.
Now, let me take a moment to report on the one thing I LIKE about the new program--the recycling part.
By "bagged bags" they mean don't put them in the recycling container
loose. They'll just blow around town on collection days. Stuff your
plastic bags into one bag. When it's full, tie the handles together
and throw it in the bin that way. But DON'T bag anything else (such as soda cans, paper, etc.). They get sorted at the facility and they want them loose and separate to make that easier. They won't take recycles in bags.
You still have to flatten
cardboard cartons. Smaller boxes like cereal boxes are shown whole, so I
guess it's okay to put them in that way. Loose lids need to be wider
than 3 inches, but I think smaller lids are okay if they're attached to
bottles and jars.
Also, be careful of personal information that's
on any papers you recycle. Things like bank statements should be put
aside for shredding (assuming Montgomery County ever has another
shredding event near Norristown. They have plenty out in the 'burbs, but
none near us for years). UPDATE: This just in--Representative Bradford is having a shredding event at his office on May 30th. I'll post more next week.
The items listed on the mailing and
those on Mascaro's website aren't the same, so who knows if they'll
really recycle everything they say they will. I'm putting it all out
The thing I like best is that Mascaro has an
incentive program to encourage residents to recycle. Residents can sign
up at their website (http://cleanandgreenrewards.com/index.php) and earn points which can be redeemed at local businesses listed at this link.
are determined by community-wide recycling. That is, they weigh the
TOTAL amount Norristown recycles, then somehow determine how many points
to give participating households. I suspect they'll divide the total
amount by number of residences, so I doubt we'll get more than 5 points a
week unless most of N-town really meets the challenge and starts
filling those recycling bins.
To get your share of the points, go to http://cleanandgreenrewards.com/register.php
and sign up. You need to use a valid email address for a username. Then
step up your recycling and encourage your neighbors to do the same.
I have to say, I think our Council reps need to take a hand in telling their constituents about the recycling program. Or maybe people working outside at the polls next Tuesday could hand out copies of Mascaro's mailing along with all their election literature (which hopefully will end up in our recycling bins instead of our trash).
Please do your part and share this blog with your Norristown friends. Thanks.