2012-07-26 / Local News

Recycling gone bad: trash at sites, businesses misuse

Leelanau County is being tainted by misplaced trash and garbage.

At recycling sites throughout the county, especially in Northport, Empire, Suttons Bay and Glen Arbor, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of trash and garbage that is being deposited, according to Marcia Harris, vice president of the Leelanau County Solid Waste Council.

On numerous occasions, Harris reports, trash bags filled with household garbage, garden tools, paint cans, TV sets, vacuum cleaners, lawn chairs, plastic tables, mattresses and box springs, and children’s plastic toys have been left at the sites.

In addition, it appears that local businesses are using the recycling bins, which are restricted to household use.

Households pay a yearly fee of $27 fee to dispose of recyclables at the eight county sites and are allowed, free of charge, to bring their household hazardous waste, with an appointment, to the HHW collections held throughout the season. The next collection is scheduled for Saturday.

For reservations for the collection, call 256-9812. Businesses should arrange recycling services through their waste hauler.

“We appreciate all citizens helping to keep these sites clean, and to report any violations,” Harris added.

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