Should recycling pickup be each week?

The time may be coming when city leaders need to look at increasing the frequency of recycling pickups.

Since the recycling program started in Milford, collections have taken place every other week.

That schedule may never have been sufficient to promote the level of recycling that city officials would like to see here.

Now, as the city is getting ready to increase recycling, the alternate week pickup may be even less sufficient.

Under a new city contract that goes into effect July 1, Milford may get more than $80,000 a year in additional revenue. The City of Milford this year signed a new recycling contract and now, for the first time since the city’s recycling program began more than 20 years ago, Milford will be paid for each ton of recycling materials collected.

This initiative is the latest in a series of measures taken up over the past year to make Milford government “greener” and more cost effective, Mayor Ben Blake said when he announced the new program.

Based on last year’s tonnage, Milford will realize over $80,000 in new annual “green” revenue. The company will pay the city $20 per ton of recyclable items. Last year the city disposed of 4,000 tons of recyclables. However, Blake said he thinks residents will start recycling even more because there is an expanded list of items now able to be recycled. So that dollar figure may rise.

Acceptable recyclable goods now include large toys made of rigid plastic, beverage crates, laundry baskets, recycling bins, telephone directories, plastic storage containers and hard-cover books.

The complete list of recyclable items may be found at

With money paid for recyclables, Blake called upon all Milford residents to boost their recycling efforts.

Boosting the number of items put out for recycling is good for the environment and good for city revenue.

Milford residents have definitely followed the movement, and in some cases led the movement, toward becoming greener and more environmentally considerate.

With that in mind, and with the ability to throw more things into the big city-provided recycling bin, it stands to reason that many people will boost their efforts.

But newspapers, plastic milk jugs and all the other things people use on a regular basis take up a fair amount of space.

Granted, the bins residents received are quite large, and perhaps they are even large enough to hold, in many cases, a full two weeks’ worth of recyclables. Chances are, however, that some people will need more space, or more frequent pickups.

As the new program gets underway starting in July, city leaders will need to determine if that recycling bin needs to be picked up each week.

One leader in the city’s recycling program recently suggested just that when she talked to the Board of Aldermen. More recycling is good news, but she pointed out that the pickup schedule might need to be reviewed.