Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration has purchased 600 containers to revive the municipal recycling program.
For the past two years, the city has been turning away residents seeking free recycling carts, according to the mayor and public works director William “Billy” Rodriguez.
Sayegh said many of these residents were put on a long wait-list. His administration did not have an exact number of residents on the list.
The city ordered 500 65-gallon and 100 35-gallon edge carts from Otto Environmental Systems of North Carolina for $29,056. All of the containers ordered will be distributed to people who have been waiting for their recycling carts.
The city has distributed almost 4,000 containers over the past years, according to public records in the Paterson Times archive.
Sayegh relaunched the Environmental Commission last month to bolster recycling in the city.
“When we first launched the Environmental Commission, we made increasing resident participation in recycling a high-priority, both in support of our environment and to generate revenue for the city. But in 2017, due to lack of attention, we saw decreases in our recycling of cardboard, newspaper, cans and bottles,” said Sayegh last month. “This needs to improve in 2018 and beyond.”
Sayegh’s 90-page plan unveiled yesterday listed recycling as an administration priority.