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Simple Recycling gears back up; community gardening deadline looming

Posted on: May 6th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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AVON, Ohio — The orange bags are back: Recycling in Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville is getting simpler again.

After a couple of weeks of no service from Simple Recycling due to the coronavirus crisis, the company is starting pickup of donated clothing and household items once again.

The service is free to residents. But because the company is a for-profit concern, there are no receipts for tax deductions such as non-profits can offer — Goodwill and the Salvation Army, among others.

Like most recycling today, the rules are getting tighter as the worldwide market shrinks. Some markets that used to accept U.S. items for recycling are no longer doing so. In the meantime, residents need to pay careful attention to what is now permissible to recycle.

For the weekly Simple Recycling program, the list includes clean clothing, towels, blankets and other textile materials. In addition, they accept small appliances; tools; household items such as dishes, silverware and pots and pans; jewelry; purses; hats; toys; sleeping bags; shoes; and backpacks.

The items are to be placed only in the orange Simple Recycling bags and placed on the tree lawn on the regular trash pickup day. Simple Recycling will leave another orange bag. If more are needed, they can be ordered at no cost on the company’s website.

For more information, visit https://simplerecycling.com.

SPRING CLEANING – SimpleRecycling

Posted on: March 13th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

https://www.ashlandmass.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=316

Posted on: March 11, 2020

It’s the time of year for purging and Spring cleaning!  Don’t forget to utilize the free curbside textile & household goods recycling option provided by Simple Recycling (using the pink bags).  Contact Simple Recycling at 1-866-835-5068 or go to their website www.simplerecycling.com to request bags.

The following items are accepted:

Clothing & Accessories

  • All clothing including coats
  • Shoes
  • Accessories (jewelry, hats, belts, purses, backpacks)

Kitchenware & Appliances

  • Silverware, dishes, glasses, pots and pans
  • Microwaves*, toaster ovens*, coffee makers*, blenders*
  • Irons* and hair dryers*
  • Radios*

Home Goods

  • Lamps*, mirrors*, small furniture*
  • Drapes/curtains
  • Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
  • Other small home goods that can fit in the bag

Miscellaneous

  • Tools*, toys*, books, pictures

*Please consider using a PINK bag as an alternative to a bulk pickup

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Service Coming to Malden

Posted on: March 13th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

https://www.cityofmalden.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=81

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Beginning August 19, 2019 Malden residents will be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular trash/recycling collection day. Malden is providing the free new service in partnership with Simple Recycling.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator. On average, that works out to about 85 pounds of textile items per person each year. As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.

The City of Malden has partnered with Simple Recycling to help change that locally. The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and housewares to communities across the United States. Currently, Simple Recycling serves nearly two million households across eight states. In the weeks before the program’s August 19th launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection in Malden. The mailers will contain free Simple Recycling bags which will be used for your first collection.  After it is collected, they will leave an empty bag for you to use for your next collection.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents may place them in the bags. If a resident doesn’t have enough bags, it is permissible to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling. Residents may then place the bags curbside on their normal trash/recycling collection day.  Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge and leave a replacement bag for the next collection.

The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items. The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more.

The Simple Recycling service is not meant to compete with local charities. Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it. Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash.

For more information about the program, residents may visit www.cityofmalden.org/textiles.

Spring cleaning in 2020 – Westlake | Bay Village Observer

Posted on: March 4th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2020/03/03/spring-cleaning-in-2020

by Jennifer Hartzell

Each year as spring approaches I notice a lot more junk being set out on the curb on bulk pick-up days. I understand this, as purging your house of unwanted items feels so good! It takes a lot of work and motivation to go through all of your things to determine what you still want and need and what you no longer use, and when you’re done you just want it OUT!

However, I ask that you please consider other options before placing your things in the trash. First, if it is still usable in any way, please consider boxing it up and taking it over to Savers in Rocky River, which is close to both Bay Village and Westlake. Their drop-off donations benefit Easter Seals so your donation is tax-deductible. You can drop off clothing, household items, decorations, plates, silverware, games, etc.

Do you have an unwanted television? Please consider taking it to a Best Buy for recycling. They charge a $25 fee for this, but you will know that you did the right thing by recycling the TV rather than let it sit in a landfill for eternity. Please call ahead before dropping anything off at a Best Buy to ensure they are still running the program.

If you have other electronics or computers you are wanting to get rid of, Bay Village has a drop-off on the last Friday of each month for such items at the service department from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In 2020, Westlake has a special collection for computers and electronics (no TVs) April 13-18 and Aug. 10-15 at the city service department. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon during the collection weeks.

If you can wait a few more months, the Bay Village Green Team is hosting an annual Habitat for Humanity collection at the Bay Village Police Station on Saturday, June 6. You may donate gently used household items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be paper shredding and cardboard collection in the BVPD lot that day from 9 a.m. to noon. Bay and Westlake residents are welcome.

If you are looking to get rid of unwanted furniture that is still in usable condition, you can either try to sell it online on a local Facebook site such as Bay Village Freecycle or you can donate to a number of local organizations. While these options are not as convenient as placing on the curb, please be assured that your effort is worth it.

Lastly, please don’t forget about Simple Recycling option in Bay Village and Westlake. Each week residents may place Simple Recycling bags at the curb filled with unwanted items such as clothes, shoes, and household items they no longer want. This service is super convenient, so hopefully there are many of you consistently using this option to rid your house of items rather than placing them into the landfill trash. If you have other items that you are unsure of how to recycle or reuse, please remember the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District website, cuyahogarecycles.org. Enter your item into the “What Do I Do With” search bar to find options for it.

Thank you for considering proper disposal and recycling for your unwanted items! It is worth it. And please, when deciding to purchase new items for yourself and your home, take into consideration if it is truly necessary, and if it is, please consider the quality and how long it will last. Reduce is the most important “R” word, so please keep this in mind as you decide to purchase new things!

After residents give it good reviews, Elgin decides to renew contract for curbside textile recycling

Posted on: February 28th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments
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ELGIN COURIER-NEWS 
FEB 27, 2020  4:49 PM

Elgin, the first city in Illinois to offer free curbside textile recycling, is renewing its contract with Simple Recycling to continue the service and promising to do more to educate residents about it.

Since Simple Recycling signed a contract with the city in 2017 to collect clothing, textiles, shoes, small appliances, and toys curbside at no cost to residents, more than 500,000 pounds of textiles and other materials have been kept out landfills, city officials said.

Before a decision was made on renewing the contract before it expires in March, the Elgin Sustainability Committee asked that a survey be conducted to see how many residents participated in the program and much they knew about the service.

Of the 606 people who responded to the survey, 75.9% said they had used the Simple Recycling textile recycling service. Nearly 50% said they were very satisfied with it and 13.7% were somewhat satisfied and 59% responding it’s likely they would recommend the service to a friend or colleague, survey results showed.

When asked what words they would use to describe the service, 32.3% of respondents said reliable, 72.7% said convenient and 60.2% said useful. Only 7% found it ineffective, according to the survey.

Some residents offered comments with the survey. Among them were things like, “Not marketed enough to residents. I completely forgot about it,” “Haven’t used,” “Wasn’t picked up on time,” “Did not know about it,” and “I live in Elgin and never heard about it until today.”

A lot of people commented they didn’t know the service was around or had issues with it.

“They did not come on a regular basis and I called them and they wouldn’t give me an answer when they would come,” one commenter said. “I still have an Orange bag in my garbage; if they would give a consistent day or week it would improve the service,” another person said. “The truck never picks up or drops off bags, even when requested by mail.”

Simple Recycling drivers pick up items on regularly scheduled garbage days, Elgin’s Communication Manager Molly Gillespie said. If no items are left out, the drivers finish the routes quickly, meaning some residents may have missed the pickup if it wasn’t out with their garbage by 6 a.m., she said.

Residents can request the special orange bags on the company’s website or at city hall, Gillespie said.

“I love the program,” Councilman Toby Shaw said. “I think it’s great. It’s innovative. It’s totally convenient.”

Simple Recycling doesn’t cost Elgin anything, and it even makes a few thousand dollars for the city, Shaw said. “I’m glad they were able to re-up.”

Councilman Corey Dixon encouraged the company and staff to do more marketing for the program.

Mayor Dave Kaptain pointed out that even with programs like Simple Recycling, there’s still a lot of materials that could be recycled.

“We’re just scratching the surface,” he said. “We should be very proud of what we did in Elgin.”

 

Barrington latest to add curbside textile recycling program

Posted on: February 17th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200216/barrington-latest-to-add-curbside-textile-recycling-program

Barrington has joined a growing list of suburbs with a curbside textile recycling program. Barrington and partner Simple Recycling will launch the effort in April. Simple Recycling will provide bright-orange bags for used clothing, shoes and accessories. The orange bags must be placed next to regular recycling carts for collection. Village officials said the program will be in addition to current recycling at no extra cost. Ohio-based Simple Recycling has textile deals with Mount Prospect, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elgin and other suburbs.

The Woodlands Township Board meetings January 15

Posted on: January 20th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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The Woodlands Township Board meetings January 15

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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held its regular meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard in The Woodlands, Texas.

At the start of the meeting, the Board of Directors recognized The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country Teams for exceling in athletics and winning the 2019 TAPPS 4A State Championship. To celebrate this accomplishment, the Board of Directors proclaimed January 15, 2020, as The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country Team State Champions Day in The Woodlands, Texas.

Before addressing agenda items, President/General Manager Don Norrell recognized The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department for winning four awards from the Texas Recreation and Park Society including Maintenance of the Year Award for Town Green Park turf, Innovation in Park and Facility Development for Texas TreeVentures and Photography at Mariposa Pond Park and Texas TreeVentures.

The Board of Directors took the following actions on the Consent Agenda:

  • Received Administrative Reports from Township departments.
  • Approved an Interlocal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services with Harris County.
  • Approved March 2020 Special Meetings.
  • Approved a Resolution for Adoption of Prevailing Wage Rate Scale for Construction Projects.
  • Approved the 2020 Operating Hours for the Boat Houses, Texas TreeVentures and Recreation Centers.
  • Approved the release of a Request for Proposals for Transit Planning and Consulting Services.
  • Approved the release of a Request for Proposals for Design Consulting Services for the major park renovation of Falconwing Park.
  • Approved the release of a Request for Qualifications for the redevelopment of an inclusive playground at Bear Branch Park.
  • Awarded a bid for sportsfield maintenance services.
  • Awarded a bid for pool deck refurbishment at Sawmill Park Sprayground and Shadowbend Pool/Sprayground.
  • Awarded a bid for playground equipment replacement services: Misty Dawn Park, Wimberly Park and Bantam Woods Park.
  • Approved a renewal notice to Simple Recycling for the service agreement for residential curbside collection of textile recycling.
  • Approved a renewal of an annual Accela software license and maintenance agreement.

The Board of Directors then moved on to take the following actions on the Regular Agenda:

  • Took no action on Incorporation Planning Study matters.
  • Approved a Trail Maintenance and Development Agreement with the Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA).
  • Received an update on feral hog abatement efforts and approved funding for the development of a Wildlife Management Plan to include a comprehensive plan for the control and management of feral hogs and other nuisance wildlife.
  • Approved the release of a Request For Qualifications for a comprehensive construction plan of the facilities at the Emergency Training Center and The Woodlands Fire Department Fire Stations 3, 4 and 5.
  • Discussed The Woodlands Fire Department squad program and approved two full-time equivalent firefighters and the purchase of one medical squad vehicle.

The next Board of Directors regular meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6 p.m. For more information on The Woodlands Township, or to view the meeting in its entirety, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, or call 281-210-3800.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors proclaimed January 15, 2020 as The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country Team State Champions Day. Pictured above, left to right.

PHOTO: The Woodlands Township Board of Directors proclaimed January 15, 2020 as The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country Team State Champions Day. Pictured above, left to right.

Back row: Treasurer John Anthony Brown, Director Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Secretary Dr. Ann K. Snyder, Madison Frey, Fern Shirley, Lindsay Worthington, Chesnie Russell, Josh Mueck, Caleb Bigler, Joshua Hardy, Chairman Gordy Bunch and Director Bob Milner.

Front Row: Ellie Johnson, Ellie Catron, Ryan Rohrlich, Lucas Trevathan, Ben Shearer, Zachary Bagnoli, Head Coach Tom Earle and Director Brian Boniface.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors also held an Incorporation Planning Session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, to discuss future governance.

The Board of Directors discussed the following incorporation-related matters on the Regular Agenda:

  • Reviewed decision points for the Non-Law Enforcement Incorporation Study Financial Model.
  • Reviewed the Law Enforcement Study and related decision points for the Incorporation Study Financial Model.
  • Discussed next steps and adopted the upcoming planning session schedule.

Incorporation planning sessions are held at The Woodlands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas 77381, typically on the same days as the Board’s regular business meetings. The next Incorporation planning session is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. For more information on The Woodlands Township, or to view the meeting in its entirety, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, or call 281-210-3800.

Source: The Woodlands Township

Stamford Celebrates Productive Year in 2019

Posted on: January 20th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

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STAMFORD, CT – Stamford Mayor David Martin commended City staff for completing key projects and initiatives throughout 2019. Many projects completed by the City of Stamford reflect Mayor Martin’s commitment to responsible City management, planning for the future, and modernizing Stamford.

“My administration has implemented better efficiency in many City departments, ensuring City Staff can address important projects in addition to day-to-day responsibilities,” said Mayor David Martin. “The City runs better every day, and our community continues to attract more residents as our local economy grows and brings in new businesses.”

Below are some of the accomplishments made by the City of Stamford’s departments.

Operations

Efficiency optimization within the Department of Operations has ensured the continuation of vital initiatives continue and completion of key projects on-budget and on-schedule.

· Transportation, Traffic, and Parking

o Completed intersection redesign of Boxer Square on Stillwater Avenue converting the area into a community space. The majority of funding for this project came from a State of Connecticut Community Connectivity grant.

o Completed road realignment and installation of sidewalks along Oaklawn Avenue. Roughly 90 percent of this project’s funding came from a Federal Highway Administration and Connecticut Department of Transportation grant. Additionally, the City coordinated a public-private partnership to add sidewalks to Halpin Avenue, allowing residents to walk to Bulls Head.

o Implemented a citywide traffic signal synchronization — the first signal synchronization since 1991 — reducing morning commute times by 14 percent.

o Received a Stamford 2030 award from Fairfield Business Council for work completed on Boxer Square, Oaklawn Avenue and traffic signal synchronization.

o Introduced a new boot and scofflaw device resulting in the collection of $400,000 owed to the City by repeat parking offenders.

o Installed new parking meters capable of accepting credit cards in addition to cash and Parkmobile application payments.

o Completed the City’s bicycle and pedestrian plan adopted by Stamford’s Planning Board.

· Sanitation & Recycling

o Received $570k federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to replace garbage/recycling trucks.

o Implemented Simple Recycling Pink Bag residential collection of textiles, reducing overall weight of garbage collected and saving costs.

o Introduced “Pouraway” garbage containers in all public schools and the Government Center, reducing weight of garbage and costs.

o Began pilot program for composting at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

· Highways Department

o Paved over 7 miles of road across all of Stamford.

o Allocated $5 million in additional paving projects for 2020 as a result of the reported surplus in fiscal year 2018-2019.

o Routinely responded to Fix It pothole repair requests, over 90 percent of requests are resolved within 7 days.

· Engineering Department

o Received an energy efficiency Stamford 2030 award from the Fairfield Business for the new Stamford Police Headquarters. The headquarters opened in June 2019.

o Completed Phase 1 of Veterans Park, with plans to open the park to the public once lightning is installed.

o Completed Holly Pond Sea Well repairs.

o Completed roof replacement/repair projects for Toquam Magnet Elementary School, Rippowam Middle School, and Scofield Magnet Middle School.

o Waterproofed Stamford High School’s courtyard.

o Supported American Disability Act compliance by adding handicap accessibility to the Government Center Lobby’s restroom.

· Land Use

o Filed first part of comprehensive overhaul of zoning regulations (known as “Omnibus Text Change”).

o Lowered federal flood insurance premiums for Stamford residents by completing FEMA’s Community Rating System.

o Eliminated walk-in limit for zoning permits.

· Cashiering and Permitting

o Recovered $250,000 in unpaid parking tickets as a result of a program launched in June. Total unpaid amount is estimated at $1 million.

o Implemented stricter enforcement of illegal dumping and illegal signage. No illegal posters have been posted in Stamford since May 2019 after Cashiering and Permitting issued sixteen warnings and collected $600 in fines.

· WPCA

o Completed $2.6 million upgrade of Dyke Lane Storm Water Pump Station with new electrical equipment and emergency power generator.

o S&P reaffirmed AA+ credit rating and updated outlook from “stable” to “positive. Issued $15.7 million in revenue bonds with true interest cost of 2.97% in June 2019.

Economic Development

Significant business and housing activity continued throughout 2019 as more companies and residents choose to move to Stamford.

· Several expansions and lease renewals, including:

o World Wrestling Entertainment’s 16.5-year lease of 677 Washington Boulevard,

o Sema4 Lab’s expansion to 333 Ludlow Street,

o Indeed’s expansion to 177 Broad Street,

o Charter Communication’s expansion to 400 Atlantic Street,

o As well as other smaller businesses opening across Stamford’s downtown and commerce-heavy neighborhoods.

· More than 700 housing units opened this year, including:

o Opening of Urby at 57 Greyrock Place,

o Affordable housing at Garden Homes at 82 Franklin Street,

o Single-family units and townhouses at 159 Colonial Road.

Stamford’s continued expansion of housing and businesses reflects its stable financials and reliable economic growth.

Public Safety, Health, and Welfare

The Department of Public Safety, Health, and Welfare oversaw significant investments throughout its department.

· In October, the City of Stamford secured a $500k federal grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) for additional school security and equipment dedicated to keeping Stamford’s children safe.

· Public Safety partnered with the State of Connecticut and Metro North to address homelessness as a result of closing Stamford’s Metro North stop during late evening/early morning hours.

· Stamford’s Police Department

o Hosted a public open house for its new Police Headquarters over the summer, attracting hundreds of residents interested in learning more about the new facility and what resources are now available to officers.

o Solved all 5 homicide cases in Stamford this year and arrested four suspects while one suspects remains at-large.

o Recovered over 8 kilograms of fentanyl as the result of a federal wiretap within Stamford.

o Hired 15 new officers and promoted several officers throughout the year.

· 911 Communications

o Public Safety hired Director of 911 Communications Joseph Gaudette earlier this year, who immediately began improving standards and systems within the department.

o As of the last quarter of 2019, 90 percent of 911 calls are picked up within 10 seconds or less — well beyond the state’s minimum standard for cities’ 911 communications.

o 911 Communications began updating its software for emergency calls, implemented a texting option for 911, and continues to utilize data analysis to improve processes within the department.

· Stamford Fire Department

o Oversaw effort to deliver water to households with minimal hydrant access. Redesigned water access to incorporate new portable pool tanks that reduce traffic lane intrusion, and conducted a large-scale water shuttle drill which was touted by state officials as the best in Connecticut.

· Stamford’s Social Services Department

o Assisted 1,722 households’ insurance appeals, spend-downs, and unpaid medical bills,

o Successfully enrolled 825 households for health insurance plans,

o Assisted 1,685 seniors and disabled individuals processing renters rebate applications.

The City of Stamford is proud of the improvements made to City infrastructure and services. City staff look forward to continuing their work to attract more residents and businesses to Stamford and ensure the City continues to prosper for another year.

 

SIMPLE RECYCLING PROGRAM

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 by Catherine No Comments

http://invillapark.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=579

Posted on: January 9, 2020

simple recycling

Simple Recycling provides free curbside clothing and home goods recycling collection. They collect clothes, textiles, toys and even some small electronics/appliances like irons, radios and
hairdryers.

Each household may place the bag at the curb on their normal refuse collection day for free pickup. When Simple Recycling picks up a bag, drivers also leave a new bag. Drivers in Simple Recycling vans collect bags on the same rotation schedule as normal garbage pickup, but they are separate pickups.

Items MUST be in Simple Recycling orange bags to be picked up. To request more orange bags visit Village Hall (20 S. Ardmore).

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