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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Warren Barrett recycling bins removed

  • Bob Wilson could be found dropping off his recyclables Wednesday morning, only instead of leaving his items at the bins on Warren Barrett Drive, he was doing so at the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop’s site at 659 Clinic Road. The bins located on Warren Barrett were removed Monday at the city’s request.
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  • Bob Wilson could be found dropping off his recyclables Wednesday morning, only instead of leaving his items at the bins on Warren Barrett Drive, he was doing so at the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop’s site at 659 Clinic Road. The bins located on Warren Barrett were removed Monday at the city’s request.
    “I just need to know where to leave my stuff,” said Wilson, who indicated he will continue to recycle, even if it means driving to Clinic Road. “This is not as convenient as Warren Barrett, but it’s a place to bring your stuff anyway.”
    While Wilson took his recyclables to the sheltered workshop, other people were calling city hall to find out what was going on.
    “I’ve had several calls since the trailers were removed,” said Susan Osterhout, city property maintenance inspector. “I bet I’ve had 15 calls since Monday.
    “A lot of people used that (site). I don’t know if they’ll drive all the way out to Clinic Road. Hopefully they will.”
    While Wilson will continue to recycle, he questions if everyone will.
    “I bet it hurts it (recycling program) some,” he said.
    Melonie McAfee, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop, questions the level of impact not having recycle bins on Warren Barrett will have.
    “I’m a little bit concerned,” said McAfee, who has overseen the program for a little over a month. “Those dedicated to recycling will come to our (Clinic Road) location.
    “We want recycling for the community. It’s the best way to reduce what’s going to the landfill.”
    Since the city’s recycling program kicked off in March 2006, a drop-off spot has been provided adjacent to Warren Barrett, although initially the site was just west of Clemens Field. In anticipation of renovation work starting at Clemens Field, in 2008 the site was closed for two months. In April of that year a new downtown recycling location opened at the Hannibal city lot at Seventh Street and WarrenBarrett Drive.
     
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    For the time being the only drop-off site will be at the sheltered workshop off of Clinic Road.
    “We’ll see how things go with this site,” said McAfee. “We may look for a second site at a later date.”
    According to City Manager Jeff LaGarce, the decision to ask that the recycling bins be removed came down to the site’s appearance.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It was a matter of needing to keep the site clean and attractive,” he said.
    McAfee said she understands the city’s position.
    “We just couldn’t keep up with all the trash the public was piling up,” she said. “We were trying to keep it from looking like a dump.”
    It wasn’t the items that were being recycled that created an eyesore.
    “The dumping of non-recyclable items got us into this,” said McAfee, explaining it was not uncommon to find tires, mattresses or furniture left at the site. “That dumping was an ongoing problem.”
    Wilson admitted being surprised to learn about all the items being left at the Warren Barrett site.
    “I didn’t know we were in the used furniture business,” he said with a smile.
    Will the problem now shift to the Clinic Road site?
    “We’re going to try to keep an eye on it, but I’m fearful it will continue,” said McAfee.
    The dumping of non-recyclables has cost the sheltered workshop more than a drop-off site.
    “We don’t have the budget to handle the discarding of non-recyclable items,” said McAfee, explaining it cuts into the revenue that could be paid sheltered workshop employees.
     
     

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