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Franklin to resume curbside recycling services July 13

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Franklin Recycling Bin

A recycling bin in Franklin.

The city of Franklin will resume blue bin recycling services beginning Monday, July 13.

The city suspended the program in early March due to a  COVID-19 pandemic-related closure of the city’s contract processor. Citizens are urged to clean out their bins if they have been using it as an extra trash container.

Blue bin delivery will resume for residents who have requested a bin but not yet received their container.

Residents are reminded of the following recycling guidelines.

• Put your blue bin out with your black roll-out container on your trash collection day

• Keep items clean, dry and loose

• Please do not use plastic bags as they are considered a contaminant

• Acceptable items include aluminum, boxes and other cardboard, newspaper, tin and steel, and Nos. 1 and 2 plastics

• Blue bags will not be collected

• Cardboard needs to be in the bin. Cardboard will not be collected off the ground

The city’s processor in Marshall County will accept the city's recycling and process it using temporary employees. This new arrangement will result in a six-month contract with Marshall County with the agreement to pay a $25-per-ton tipping fee.

This fee is significantly less than other contractors and less than taking the items to a landfill. The estimated cost for recycling will be an added $50,000 for the next six months with no costs being passed on to customers at this time. The city will reassess the contract at the end of six months and hopes to return to the original contractual agreement with no tipping fee.

“We thank the residents of Franklin for their patience during the pandemic when we could not collect recyclables,” City Administrator Eric Stuckey said. “We are looking forward to restarting this new, important program for our community.”

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