As Pleasanton launches its new recycling program, it's asking residents to choose which size trash bin they will use at home.
The City Council approved the changes to the current system at its April 7 meeting. The new service will require residents to separate recyclables from trash, rather than the current system where Pleasanton Garbage Service does the sorting. As part of the new program, which will begin in October, residents will have three bins--one for trash, one for recyclables and one for green waste. A new recycling bin will be delivered for glass and plastic bottles, steel or tin cans, jars, cardboard, alumninum containers or foil and paper.
There are two combination choices, both of which include a 64-gallon green waste bin and a 96-gallon recycling bin. The first choice includes a 35-gallon trash bin for a total of $29.13 per month, while the second choice includes a 96-gallon trash cart for $34.67 per month. A mailer that has been sent out should be sent back with a response by June 12. Those who don't respond will continue with their existing trash bin size.
The current system has lagged in meeting Alameda County's diversion target of 75 percent in 2010, with approximately only 54 percent of refuse collected in Pleasanton now being diverted from landfills. The new program is expected to capture more recyclable material and send less waste to the landfill.
For more information, call Pleasanton Garbage Service at 846-2042.