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YOUR RECYCLING PROGRAM IS CHANGING ON APRIL 1, 2019
Last year, due to contamination levels seen in single-stream recycling, China, among other nations, banned the import of recyclable materials from the US. This change led to the closure of a local materials recycling facility (MRF), which has disrupted the local recycling market and the operations of waste haulers that were using the facility, including Meridian Waste. As a result, Meridian Waste was forced to change its recycling program from single-stream to dual-stream to reduce contamination levels and ensure that the materials collected are viable for local and regional markets. We ask for your patience, as we adapt to the changes impacting the local recycling industry, and this adjustment that is being made by our provider.
Summary of Dual-Stream Recycling
Dual-stream recycling means that Meridian residential customers are requested to use two separate recycling containers—one for plastics & metals (Rigids) and one for paper & cardboard (Fiber) collected on alternating weeks. The following dual-stream curbside recycling program will be effective on April 1.
When: Beginning the week of April 1, 2019
Where: Curbside every other week (on alternate weeks as the “Fiber” material pickup)
What: "Rigid" materials will be collected as follows:
- Plastic containers (containing the recycling code 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 (non-black))
- Metal containers (aluminum, tin and steel cans)
When: Beginning the week of April 8, 2019
Where: Curbside every other week (on alternate weeks as the “Rigid” material pickup)
What: "Fiber" materials will be collected as follows
- Cardboard (Cereal boxes), Corrugated Cardboard
- Mixed Paper, Newspapers, Magazines
Glass: If residents wish to recycle glass, Meridian Waste will be establishing a few drop-off locations throughout Wildwood for this material, otherwise it can be placed in the trash. The locations for drop-off of glass will be announced soon.
Additional Recycle Container: Meridian residential customers have been provided an additional 65-gallon or 95-gallon recycle container to allow sorting materials into "rigids" or "fiber" containers by April 1st. Meridian has placed stickers on existing recycling containers to mark them as "Rigids" and new containers as "Fiber". Additional stickers are available at City Hall.
Container Corrections: If you don't want the additional cart, received the incorrect cart size, or would like to swap for a different size, please contact your Dedicated Wildwood Customer Care Agent, Heath Goodrich, at 314-291-3131 ext. 2432 or via email at HGoodrich@MeridianWaste.com.
Cost: Meridian residential customers will see an increased cost of $0.50/month, until August 1, 2019 when a new long-term waste hauler agreement should be in place.
Residents will receive a letter from the City of Wildwood describing the program in more detail. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your reference, we created a list of FAQs to answer questions you may have. This FAQ will be updated as new information becomes available.
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