Single-stream recycling to begin in Sparta

All recycling materials will be place in single container starting March 31

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By Joe Weston
— The Sparta Town Council reported in their meeting March 25 that single-stream recycling will begin next week.

Residents will now be able to place all recycling materials in a single container and place them at the curb for collection, according to the solid waste and recycling information posted on the website.

Current recycling days will not change.

“This is a wonderful program and will be well received by the residents," said Township Manager William Close. "It will make life simplier and encourage more recycling in the community.”

Free decals to label recycling containers are available at the Town Hall, according to the website. Thirty-two gallon containers are recommended and containers must not exceed 50 pounds.

Recyclables placed in plastic bags will not be picked up, cardboard and newspapers should not be tied and Styrofoam needs to be put out for solid waste pickup.

There is contact information on the website if residents have any questions about the program.

“My husband is really excited about this new program,” said Sparta resident Joanne Scally.

Sparta Mayor Molly Ann Whilesmith spoke in favor of providing a 10 percent discount on solid waste and recycling to Sparta’s senior citizens.

“Most senior citizens put out much less trash than those with larger families,” Whilesmith said.

The proposal would apply to all residents 65 years of age or older, regardless of their income level.

The council tabled the measure for further review until it determined how many residents were 65 or older and how much less money would be received into the solid waste utility account after the discount was applied.

Other business
Close announced at the meeting that he will be sending seven township employees to customer service training provided by Walt Disney World.

“I’ve had people attend their sessions before. They do an outstanding job,” Close said. “Nobody does customer service better than Disney.”

The cost of the training to the township is $275 per employee and will be paid using a grant from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, according to Whilesmith.

“I think it is an outstanding idea,” Whilesmith said.

Close said that training for support staff is sometimes overlooked.

“They are the first line of individuals to greet people,” Close said.

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