WSAV: “Recyclers trashing Savannah neighborhood”

picture-7.pngWSAV-TV reports residents of the Carver Heights Neighborhood are unhappy with the Sonoco recycling plant on Gwinnett Street. They complain that plastic bags become airborne, sail across the street and land in the residential area. While it’s likely that many of the invading bags originate from Sonoco, plastic bags can be found floating all over town like polyethylene ghosts. If we want to eliminate this scourge from Carver Heights and other neighborhoods, there are models we could follow.

But what can be done in this specific area? WSAV’s B-roll of Sonoco presented a familiar scene to those who take their recyclable materials to the site on weekends. There seems to be a certain mindset, which deduces that if something is not made of paper, steel, aluminum or glass, then it must be plastic. Items that have been misidentified as plastic — from my observations — have included fiberglass, asphalt shingles and even yard trimmings. The result is by noon on Saturdays, all this extra stuff has Sonoco’s plastic bins nearing capacity and material begins piling up around the bins. And that’s when the bags make their escape.

So what’s the solution? Hiring an attendant to keep things under control would seem to be the ideal situation. Installing signage to help well-meaning recyclers understand what is and is not plastic would help, too.

WSAV suggests heading a little farther down the street to the City of Savannah’s Recycling Education and Drop-off Center, which is attended Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition to aluminum, steel, 1 and 2 plastic, corrugated cardboard and paper, the site also accepts scrap metal and appliances. Recyclers should be aware that the city’s operation does not accept glass is now accepting glass. Check the comments for the latest.

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