City residents will once again be able to recycle since the county shut down their Sand Canyon recycling area last year.
The City of Chewelah will open its new recycling and composting area on Monday, June 6 near the new maintenance shop located at S. 120 Hunt St. The area will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is important to note that the facility is open to city residents only and users must be prepared to show a current city utility bill or other proof of residency.
Users of the new facility will enter through the gate and pull through the covered area where they will be able to unload plastic, paper and aluminum into designated bins.
Unlike the former county recycling area which would commonly become overloaded with garbage, the new facility will be monitored by city staff and surveillance cameras. People who misuse the recycling area will be identified and contacted.
The city has posted the following rules at the site and sent a copy with the monthly utility bill:
– The facilities are ONLY available to City of Chewelah residents. Residents must have a copy of a City bill or other proof of residency on their person and sign the registry before using the facilities.
– Recyclables must be placed in the appropriate bins and NOT bagged. If you bring it in bags, we will have a garbage can on site to deposit the empty bags. We will only accept plastic [water bottles, milk jugs and grocery bags], newspaper [all paper except cardboard].
– Compost materials must be placed on or touching the side of the compost pile. We will ONLY accept lawn trimmings, leaves and pine needles, NO BRANCHES OR LIMBS. The City will schedule two chipper day events per year which will be posted on site. The next chipper days will be October 11 and 12, 2016.
City administrator Mike Frizzell also said that the city is hoping to open the recycling and composting areas on Saturday mornings in the future, but needs volunteers to monitor the site on that day. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Fizzell at City Hall by calling 935-8311.
The facility is being funded by a $1 per month charge to city utility customers that was implemented in January 2016. The recycling services are contracted to United Data Security in Spokane.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff