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Getting it straight on the recycling lanes

After another unpleasant conversation at the recycling lane at the transfer station, I would like to clear up any confusion on the use of the left and right lanes.

The right lane is for those who want cash back for recyclables and the left is for metal and noncash-back items. I appreciate all who reduce the amount of trash by recycling, and if you choose to recycle for cash, more power to you.

Our family’s personal recyclables are newspapers, oil and tin cans, which have no cash value. Twice a year I will have a load of glass, which I always drop off from the left lane, always with no cash back, and it takes 30 seconds to unload.



I called Waste Management the day after my last visit and spoke with a nice customer representative, who assured me that what I was doing was fine by them. She said they will review my suggestion to make a new sign stating this “existing” policy of using the left lane for those who don’t want any cash back or have items that have no cash value. Don’t we have bigger concerns right now?


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