The Town of Barnstable recently announced two transfer station changes set to begin after the New Year. Both changes are aimed at making recycling at the transfer station in Marstons Mills easier for residents.
Effective Friday, January 2, 2015, recycling will go single-stream, meaning residents will no longer have to separate their recyclables. This change will make it possible for residents to recycle their plastic containers, aluminum cans, paper and glass bottles all in the same container. The elimination of different containers will likely make recycling management and storage in the home easier. The town is also hoping more residents will recycle and those who do will recycle more. Starting January 2, all items with the exception of corrugated cardboard may be brought to the transfer station together.
The second big change for the town's transfer station is the creation of a resident "recycling-only" sticker. After the New Year, the sticker will be available at no charge to Barnstable residents and residential property owners, according to a release from the town.
Until now, recyclers did not require a sticker. This according to the town, led to non-residents and commercial entities using the town's recycling facility. This extra use came with additional cost to the town. The "recycling-only" sticker will guarantee the town is only paying for items recycled by residents.
The free recycle stickers will be available at the transfer station at 45 Flint Street in Marstons Mills. Proof of residency or car registration will be required to obtain a sticker. Stickers are also available through the mail, see the application here. The sticker will be valid from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, at which time it will require annual renewal.
Several Massachusetts communities already use a single-stream recycling method. See more information on the state's Energy and Environmental Affairs page here.