New single stream recycling program rolling out in Clallam County

Clallam County and Olympic Disposal (also known as DM or Murrey’s Disposal) has implemented a new, simplified recycling program at the curb for residential east county customers which began on June 1. Customers will no longer need to separate and sort recyclable materials — all accepted recyclables will now be collected in a single 96-gallon wheeled cart. New recycling carts are currently being provided to customers and the existing service rates and schedules will remain the same.

Benefits for customers using this new program include easier transport of carts, in contrast with the previous separated bin program; that new carts are lidded, making them more animal and odor resistant; and the carts are more stable and less likely to spill or lose contents to weather.

Another change is the collection of cardboard milk and juice cartons for recycling in all county curbside programs, including Sequim and Port Angeles. Recycling drop boxes at both the Blue Mountain Transfer Station and Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station will now be allowing collection of milk and juice cartons in the existing tin/aluminum/plastics bin.

Glass will not be collected at the curb in this single stream program, but glass drop boxes are available throughout the Port Angeles and Sequim area. Current glass drop box sites include: Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station, Country Aire, Haggen Foods, Port Angeles Plaza East, Blue Mountain Transfer Station, City of Sequim Utility Yard and Evergreen Collision in Sequim. More glass drop boxes for eastern county residents are being discussed at this time.

Clallam County Environmental Health is working to update its solid waste and recycling webpage so county residents have a convenient place to locate everything they need to know about solid waste disposal and recycling options within Clallam County. Information about the different transfer stations and recycling drop boxes, as well as household hazardous waste disposal, can be found at clallam.net/go/recycling. The county also is working on new graphics and brochures designed to better inform residents what items can be recycled.

For more information or to sign up for curbside recycling pickup in the eastern county, call Olympic Disposal/Waste Connections at 800-422-7854, email Cust2112@wcnx.org or visit www.wcolympicpeninsula.com.

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