BRICK–The following is a press release from Brick Township Mayor Stephen Acropolis:
Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis is pleased to announce that the Township of Brick will begin distributing recycling cans to homes this week as part of the town’s conversion to automated recycling collection.
Crews will begin distributing blue automated collection recycling cans on February 13. Citizens will be able to dispose of all recyclable materials in one can. The townships expect the assembly and delivery of cans to all homes to be complete in 4-6 weeks. Once every home in the township has an automated recycling can, the town will begin automated collection on a bi-weekly basis.
“The move to automated recycling will provide long term savings to taxpayers through decreased landfill tipping fees and increased recycling revenue,” said Mayor Acropolis. “Based on our conversations with other towns that automated their recycling, we expect a significant increase in the amount our citizens recycle.”
The Township estimates that for every 10% increase in recycling, taxpayers will save over $200,000 in tipping fees. “Speaking to towns that have moved to automated recycling, we expect an increase of around 15 – 20%. Of course, we hope for even more,” said Mayor Acropolis.
The move to automated recycling will also create efficiencies in the department that will lead to savings. “Since these cans are larger than cans that our crews can lift, we are going to be able to reduce collection to once every two weeks. This will require less manpower and give us the ability to redeploy resources to other areas of need in the Public Works Department,” said Mayor Acropolis.
Citizens are asked not to use the automated cans until the Department of Public Works announces the start date for automated collection. “Automated cans are not compatible with traditional recycling collection. Our crews will not collect from homes that use the automated cans before the transition,” said Public Works Director Glenn Campbell.
“The conversion to automated recycling has been in the works for some time. I would like to thank the many people who worked on this project including Director Campbell and the previous Council members who fully supported this and did a lot of the leg work during their terms,” said Mayor Acropolis.