The City of Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman has approved the use of blue roll-out containers to replace the blue bag recycling program. The Sanitation and Environmental Services Department is in the process of developing this opt-in, voluntary program to begin in early 2020. Citizens interested in participating will be able to sign up online and will be charged $4.00 a month for 12 months to cover the administration fee for the blue roll out container. After the first year there will not be an added fee. The 64-gallon blue roll-out container will remain the property of the city.
“We are hoping Franklin residents will be able to sign up online starting sometime this summer and we’ll be able to begin delivering the blue bins to registered customers in January 2020. The new roll-out containers will assist us in automating our collection for recyclables,” said Sanitation Director Jack Tucker. “We urge everyone to continue using the blue bags until we begin collecting the blue bin recyclables in 2020.”
The blue roll-out containers will be collected the same day as the trash on a resident’s usual collection day. When the blue bin program starts, the city will accept clean, dry and loose recyclables in the containers. The City will accept paper and cardboard, plastics one and two, aluminum and steel cans. Glass will not be accepted, and neither will Styrofoam, or plastic bags. The Sanitation Department is working to have a clean recyclable stream, so when in doubt, throw it out. It is also important to rinse cans and plastics before throwing into the blue bin.
The City will soon announce a website where residents can go to register and learn more information. The blue bag recycling program began in July 2010. It is a voluntary program and participation through the years has averaged over 60 percent. The City looks forward to an even higher participation with the blue bins.