‘Awareness’ requested at recycling bin

       In putting a large-size, dumpster-style recycle bin in the Red Rock Shopping Center parking lot in April, Bestway Disposal offered people different slots for each type of item - newspapers, plastics, cardboard or aluminum/steel cans.
        After a couple of months, the Colorado Springs company is finding that while most people are abiding by the directions on the free bin, some people are not. As a result, he's finding sorting problems, such as plastics in the aluminum or paper in the plastics.
       “We need some sort of awareness,” said Dean Hutchinson of Bestway. He explained that Bestway takes the bin to Recycle America, but if too much sorting is necessary there for one recyclable type or another, none of the load may get recycled at all.
       In such a scenario, Bestway gets no return on its investment and the recycling effort itself is hampered, Hutchinson said. He noted that Bestway, in offering the service for free to the public, is not making a profit off the service even with payment from Recycle America.
       “We need people to be as conscientious and considerate as possible to make sure this works properly,” Hutchinson said.
       The bin gets emptied Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Smaller nearby bins taking cardboard are emptied on Tuesdays.
       On a recent Monday morning, the large bin looked fairly full in paper and plastics. Hutchinson said a more frequent pickup would be considered, but suggested that people could help out by flattening plastic bottles.
        Bestway, in conjunction with a Manitou Springs recycling advocacy group, agreed to put the bin at Red Rocks for at least six months to see how it worked out. If it proves successful, the service may be expanded.

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