The city has experienced difficulty for some time now in getting citizens to correctly use the recycling trailers. Time and time again, Auburn’s Mayor Dewey Roche has pleaded with those who use the trailers to use it the right way and for the right things, and time and time again, his words go unheard as the trailers are found to be overloaded with trash on a consistent basis.
It was recently that the mayor was able to secure two trailers instead of one from the county, in hopes that would alleviate the other problem which is over filling. A lot of the times you will see these trailers full and stuff stacked on the ground around them. This is not good considering it can be subject to the weather conditions and be sprawled out throughout the city if a good wind comes along. It also can cause the collection of rodents if the recyclables are not cleaned out or if trash is being dumped off there.
Because of the misuse, the trailer has been pulled from the city by Jailer Bill Jenkins, who runs the recycling program, only to be returned in hopes that people have learned their lesson.
Mayor Roche asked the county if his city could have two a little while back, hoping that those who have to pile up their recyclables on the ground because the trailer is full, will now be able to put their commodities inside, away from the weather and problems of scattering. At first it worked but now it’s back to the way it was.
Mayor Roche says the city wants it to work and wants to be able to provide this service for the citizens, but if they cannot use it right, it will most likely be pulled.
It was discussed in the past about moving the trailer to a more populated area to detour the misuse. Some feel that since it is located behind a building that people can dump off what they want without being seen. Mayor Roche said he feels it is in a good location right now and hoped that adding the second trailer would have helped.
The trailers are not to be used as a trash dumpster. They are not for dirty diapers, dry wall, carpet. old food, or any garbage of any kind. They are recycling trailers to be used for recyclables such as glass, plastic, aluminum and paper.
Mayor Roche is asking the Auburn citizens to abide by the rules that govern a recycling receptacle.
Right now Mayor Roche does not not know what the pickup schedule will be for the Scott Waste recycling trailers and urges those who use the trailers not to stack their commodities on the ground if the trailers are full, but instead take the recyclables back home and bring them back at a later date or take them to the Logan County Recycling Center located on Morgantown Road.