City of Torrington Asking for the Public's Help

Friday, December 01, 2017

City of Torrington Asking for the Public's Help

City of Torrington Asking for the Public’s Help

In January 2017, the City of Torrington took ownership of the DSI Recycling Center. The center is now fully funded as part of the City’s Sanitation Department under the supervision of Ed Hawley.

Most of the DSI programs are funded by the State of Wyoming. DSI had previously owned and operated the recycling service to provide paying jobs for their clients. DSI also provided job coaches to oversee the clients while they were at work. In 2016 the State of Wyoming rearranged its funding and rules for DSI making it so that DSI could no longer own and operate the recycling center. DSI approached the City to see if they were interested in taking over the operation of the center and continue to hire DSI clients for paying jobs.

The City felt strongly about recycling as it’s a critical service, not only to residents but to the jobs that would be lost to DSI clients and coaches. The City Landfill benefits as well. Anything that is sent to a recycler and not put in the landfill only extends its life.

As of January 2017, the City began operating the center and hired Perry Baird as a full-time director to manage the day-to-day operations of the center and contracted with DSI for their clients and job coaches to continue working at the center.

After operating the center for nearly a year, it has become clear that the center is receiving many items it cannot process. Staff is spending a significant amount of time sorting these items out by hand, so the City is asking for the public’s help in controlling what is left at the center and at drop-off bins. If the amount of material left at the center that cannot be processed is reduced, the center can become more efficient and hopefully start receiving more recyclable items.

Most plastic recyclable containers have a triangle, contained on the bottom, with a number from 1 to 7. The City can only take #1 & #2 plastics at this timeWhich mainly consist of water bottles, plastic milk, kitchen, laundry and bath containers.

The City also accepts most paper and cardboard that is flattened.  Shredded paper needs to be left in bags on the dock[if put in the same containers as non-shredded paper, it will plug up the balers]. Additional accepted items are aluminum cans and steel food cans.

Items that cannot be accepted are: waxed coated cartons [such as milk and juice]; glass or heavy metal, grocery bags, any food items, clothing, plastic power cords, CPAP hoses, and non-recyclable bags of garbage.

Please help the City produce more recyclable material by not leaving these items at designated drop off locations. This will go a long way in helping to reduce time spent by the City’s clients and staff in sorting [hand-sorting]. 

For more information on the recycling center please call (307) 532-8525 M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or e-mail pbaird@torringtonwy.gov

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