Town officials on Tuesday morning voted in favor of the $10,000 purchase of 24 new green metal recycling receptacles in New Canaan.
The town by state mandate must have a recycling receptacle for every garbage bin placed in a public area, according to Don Smith, assistant superintendent of solid waste with the New Canaan Department of Public Works.
Yet as of this week, Smith said he had counted 31 garbage bins around New Canaan and “more than half do not have a recycling bin,” Smith told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting, held at Town Hall.
The town is purchasing the two dozen “slatted body outdoor metal waste receptacles” from Port Jefferson, N.Y.-based Global Industrial.
“They are gorgeous,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said. “They are the kind we have right in front of our Town Hall, as a matter of fact. They really add a lot to our town.”
According to Global Industrial’s website, the receptacles endure “extreme climate conditions” and their “polyester powder coated finish deters graffiti and vandalism.” The bins have a 36-gallon capacity.
Selectman Beth Jones asked how the DPW would ensure that those passing by the paired garbage and recycling bins know which is for what type of waste.
Smith said the DPW would apply decals to the recycling bins, marking them as such.
The selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the $9,997 purchase—Mallozzi, Jones and Selectman Nick Williams.