Bins to recycle white paper, newsprint now available at Spearfish restricted use site

February 15, 2018

SPEARFISH — The option for residents to recycle white paper and newsprint is back in Spearfish, with bins placed the week of Jan. 15 at the restricted use site 1.5 miles north of Spearfish off of Camp Comfort Road off of Highway 85.

“We heard from folks interested in increasing some of the recycling availability or the recycling resources available in Spearfish, so we sat with Kieffer and asked them what resources they could bring to bear, and this is one of the options we thought would work well for both parties and was fairly reasonable in price,” City Administrator Mike Harmon explained of the six-yard bins place for free residential use next to the cardboard recycling bins at the restricted use site. The agreement with Kieffer outlines that the city pays $500 per load each time the bin is emptied and hauled for recycling, funded through the city’s solid waste fund.

In October, the recycling receptacles available for free residential drop-off of cardboard that had been located at the Spearfish rec center were moved to the restricted use site north of town for better monitoring due to “abuse of the system,” with the containers overflowing and also getting contaminated with garbage and other non-recyclables at the former site, city staff explained.

Newspaper recycling had been discontinued at the time of the relocation.

The recycling program started in July 2014 when the city signed a five-year contract with Kieffer Sanitation. For $5.95 per month, residential customers can sign up for curbside recycling, which is picked up every other week and delivered to the Rapid City recycle center. Plastics, metals, and glass are allowed in the curbside service, but paper and cardboard are not, so Kieffer offered to provide free pickup at a common collection area at the Spearfish rec center parking lot.

There was initially one dumpster-style container for newsprint and one for cardboard, but after many complaints about litter dumped outside of the filled bins, two additional bins for cardboard were added in October 2014, and Kieffer increased the frequency of pickup. The city also added a security camera to monitor the location.

However, the problems continued, and the camera never provided a clear view of the recycling bins, no one was monitoring the feed full-time, and the wind blowing the dumped materials around remained a problem regardless. The alternative location was proposed to ensure that only recyclables were dropped off; that large-scale commercial drop-offs were not occurring; and that the cardboard could be recycled instead of having to be taken to the landfill due to contamination.

Five eight-yard dumpsters were placed at the restricted use site in October for cardboard recycling, an increase from the four six-yard containers (three for cardboard, and one for newsprint) that had been located at the rec center, and the service remains free, with additional bins now onsite for white paper and newsprint recycling.

“We’re continually looking at recycling options, but at this time, we don’t have any (changes) that will come in the near future,” Harmon added.

“The use is pretty light, so we’d like to get the message out that this is available,” he said. “Hopefully folks start recycling white paper and newspaper at the restricted use site.”

For more information about the city’s recycling options, visit cityofspearfish.com/document_center/PublicWorks/Recycling%20info%20for%20web%20site.pdf.

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