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After a short respite, the City of Westland Clothing & Shoes recycling program is back!!!
You will find these familiar looking Blue Boxes at various locations throughout the City. Gently used clothing and shoes may be deposited in these bins which are collected regularly. The City of Westland has contracted with a company called Midwest Recycling, who collects the clothing and recycles it. A portion of the proceeds is returned to the City of Westland.
You may call the number located on the boxes if you have any questions or concerns or if you notice a bin is full (there is a number located on the front of each bin to identify each).
Just another way that the citizens of Westland can help make Westland a greener place to live, work and play.
Curbside Recycling of Clothing and Small Household Goods Has Come to Westland.
Mayor William R Wild and the Westland City Council have added a new recycling program to enhance Mayor Wild’s Mission:Green initiative. At its first meeting in September 2015, the Westland City Council approved a four-year contract with Simple Recycling, which will provide a free collection service weekly. The City will receive $20 per ton of materials collected by Simple Recycling. Westland has had bi-weekly curbside recycling of plastics, paper and glass for several years. Like the existing recycling programs, the Simple Recycling collection is aimed at reducing the amount of material that ends up in landfills.
Simple Recycling will provide residents large green bags for the recyclable items and leave a new bag when a collection is made from the curb. The items must be clean and dry for collection. The household items — small furniture and appliances like toasters, microwave ovens and coffee makers, computers and electronics and kitchen items like pots, pans, dishes and silverware — have to be something one person can carry to the curb. If something is not accepted, the item will be left behind with a tag explaining that.
Simple Recycling will be educating residents about the program through letters and packets of information with recycling tags and bags to place at the curb. A third mailer is designed to explain the pickup schedule.
Unplug your “vampires”. Unplugging your chargers (cell phone, iPd, etc.), TVs, VCRs, and stereos. They still draw power even if they are turned off.
Change your thermostat. Dial down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. You can save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. According to ABC News, if you replaced just 3 bulbs, you could save $60 per year.
Weatherize you home. For the cost of caulking and some weather-stripping and a few hours of your time, you could realize some energy savings.
Buy local produce. According to a 2001 U. S. Department of Agriculture study, fruits and vegetables are transported an average of 1,500 miles from the field to your table.
Carpool or buy a hybrid car. According to stopglobalwarming.org, a hybrid car could save you up to $3,750.
Try public transportation. SMART services have fixed routes and connectors. Using public transportation saves money on fuel costs, parking and insurance.
Since its inception in June of 2009, Mayor Wild’s residential curbside recycling program in Westland continues to be a nationwide leader in municipal recycling with over 80% participation. Be advised that the involvement of recyclebank and their state-of-the-art incentive program has been discontinued. You have until July 1, 2015 to turn any points you collected, Please go to recyclebank.com to find out how before time runs out.