City schedules second recycling meeting
The City of Malden and representatives from its trash/recycling hauler, JRM, will hold a second meeting to help residents understand the proper way to sort recyclables and trash.
MALDEN : The city and its trash/recycling hauler, JRM, will hold a second meeting to help residents understand the proper way to sort recyclables and trash. This comes after residents expressed frustration during an initial meeting held earlier this month at the Senior Center.
At the June 1 meeting, Public Works Director Bob Knox and Jim Motzkin of JRM took the lead in answering questions after a brief slideshow presentation. JRM is going to start enforcing the city’s recycling rules, so the meeting was organized to help residents learn the proper way to sort paper, plastic, cans and other materials.
Some Malden residents expressed frustration over the amount of work involved with sorting while others just sought clarification on issues such as whether recyclables can be placed in plastic bags.
One resident said he takes great care with sorting recyclable materials correctly, only to have them dumped all together in the truck by JRM employees.
When the city announced JRM would begin enforcing the recycling rules, the Observer posted the notice to Facebook, and a lively discussion ensued. Some followers expressed the same kinds of frustrations brought up by meeting attendees. Others, however, defended the program, saying the rules are not difficult to follow.
Mayor Gary Christenson moved the date for enforcement out to give residents more time to learn the rules. In addition to holding the meetings, the city has posted on its homepage a spotlight on recycling that contains links to a quick reference flyer, the video of the June 1 meeting, and information about the new Trash App.
The second meeting will be held Monday, June 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Linden STEAM Academy, 29 Wescott St.