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Blue Bin Recycling and Deliveries Suspended

-March 16, 2020

Franklin— The City of Franklin is sad to announce our new Blue Bin Recycling program is temporarily suspended immediately until further notice.  The recycling processor, Marshall County Recycling has halted services due to the COVID-19, (Coronavirus).  We have reached out to other processors, but at this time there are no services available.

In the mean time, citizens can take their recyclables to the Williamson County Convenience Centers or throw their recycling in the trash. Williamson County Convenience Centers will not accept mixed recyclables in Blue Bags. All recycling must be separated before dropping off at any Williamson County Convenience Center. See the locations at http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/1846/Convenience-Centers

City of Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said, “We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we will do our best to restore these services when we can.  The Blue Bin program is important to the City and something we will continue in the future.”

The City will no longer collect blue bags, cardboard, or bagged excessive trash or "buck-a-bag" from the ground at curb or at the backdoor for customers receiving back door service effective immediately.

Services not affected at this time and will continue unaffected include:

  • Yard waste (brush and brown bags)
  • Bulky item call in service (white goods, household furniture) that can be picked up at curb mechanically.
  • Regular (black) trash bin service

Customers that frequently have excessive trash that will not fit in their black trash container are encouraged to request a second trash bin for an additional administrative setup fee of $75 and $7.50 month thereafter. Customers with occasional excessive trash are encouraged to utilize one of the county convenience centers.

Customers who continue to set out recycling in blue bins should be aware the material will be included in trash being shipped to the landfill until local recycling processing centers are available to accept the city’s recycling.

It is the our intend to provide a safer work environment for city collection staff and to resume shipping recycling material for processing as soon as possible. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions related to the suspension of the Blue Bin Program

Why is the Blue Bin program suspended?

The Blue Bin recycling program has been suspended because our processor is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Marshall County processes our recycling with inmate labor. They sort the recycling by hand. With COVID-19 there is a significant risk, so they are working on alternatives or when it is safe to handle recyclables.  

Why not go to another processor?

There would be a significant cost increase involved with changing processors. Our current processor is working on alternatives to get back to running at full capacity. 

Why can I not get my bin I already ordered?

The City is pausing delivery of bins until the program is up and running. If you need a bin for extra trash, please call 615.794.1516 

Why am I still being charged a fee?

The charge is an administrative setup fee for the actual bin, and not for the recycling service. The charge is $4.00 a month for 12 months to cover the administration fee for the blue roll out container. After the first year there will not be an added fee. 

When will the processor open back up?

The City does not know when the processor will open again. The City continues to have discussions with our provider regarding this issue.

What should I do if my trash or Blue Bin wasn’t picked up?

Please contact our Sanitation and Environmental Services department by phone: 615-794-1516 or email: sanitation@franklintn.gov

Is there somewhere I can take my recyclables so they will be recycled now?

Residents can take their recyclables to any of the Williamson County Convenience Centers free of charge. All recyclables have to be sorted. For more info, click HERE


Reserve your Blue Bin now! (<<<click this link to register)

The Sanitation and Environmental Services Department is currently delivering bins to those who pre-ordered.  Once your bin is delivered, citizens will be charged $4.00 a month for 12 months to cover the administration fee for the blue roll out container. After the first year there will not be an added fee. The 64-gallon blue roll-out container will remain the property of the City. The blue bin program is voluntary.

       
  • Blue Bags & Cardboard will no longer be collected off the ground after March 26, 2020
  • Recycling will only be collected in City Provided Recycling Containers
  • Excess Recycling can be taken to Williamson County Convenience Centers

Graphic of items allowed in the blue recycling binGraphic image of Items not allowed in blue recycling bin

  

Frequently Asked Questions about the Blue Bin Program

When does blue bin collection start?

The blue bins will be delivered in January 2020.  We expect to begin collecting recyclables in your blue bin, once it is delivered. The collection will be on your regular trash day.

How much will a blue bin cost?

Citizens will be charged $4.00 a month for 12 months to cover the administration fee for the blue roll out container after it is delivered to your home in 2020. After the first year there will not be an added fee.

If I have a blue bin and move to another home in the City of Franklin can I take it with me?

No. If you have a Blue Bin at your current City of Franklin home and move to another home inside the City you will have to order another bin. The bin is associated with the address not the resident/account. When the bin is delivered, the 12 month admin fee will be activated ($4 per month for 12 months).

Why is the City switching to blue bins?

Plastic bags are now considered a contaminate of the recycling waste stream. The entire market for recycling in the United States is being forced to change how recyclable commodities are collected and managed. This, along with the inefficiency of manual collection, is directing the industry toward automated collection of waste (similar to current trash collection). This method of collecting waste at curb-side is the industry standard.

Are blue bins as big as our trash bin?

No. The recycling containers are 64-gallon capacity, 26" width, 32" front-to-back, and 40" tall.

Will the City still collect the blue bags?

There will be some overlap, but by March 26, 2020 the City will no longer accept blue bags.

Can my business have a blue bin?

No. The city will only be servicing residential recycling.

Can I buy my blue bin at a home good store?

No. Only City provided containers will be serviced.

What should I do with my left-over blue bags?

Citizens can use them as trash bags.

Will the City now accept glass?

No. Glass is not accepted. We will continue to search for economical and safe ways to recycle glass.  The Williamson County Convenience centers are the only place currently accepting glass.

I heard you were only going to accept Plastics 1 & 2, why?

The City of Franklin is working to have the cleanest recycling commodity. Other plastics are no longer accepted due to current market conditions.

Can produce plastic containers be recycled if they are Plastics 1 & 2?

Any clean and dry Plastic 1 & 2 containers can be accepted. Remember to keep it clean, dry and loose. When in doubt, throw it out. 

Can half gallon waxed milk containers with the plastic spout be recycled (half and half containers)?

Yes. Our recycling partner is currently taking waxed milk containers with plastic spouts. 

Can brown plastic #2 be recycled, or does it have to be clear plastic?

Brown plastic bottles can be recycled. Check the neck! The opening at the top must be smaller than the base of the bottle. 

How much room should I leave between my blue bin and trash container so that the automatic loader can work?

3-5 feet between the the blue bin and trash container will allow enough space for the automated unit to safely service the containers. 

Can I order two blue bins?

Not at this time. The City may reconsider after the program begins, by mid 2020.

Does everything have to go into the blue bin?  What about cardboard?

All recyclables as shown above should go in the blue bin, without a bag. We ask that you cut or fold cardboard to fit into your bin.  If you have extra you may need to take it to the Williamson County Convenience Centers.

Can I have a blue recycle bin if I live in an apartment?

No. Most apartment complexes use a private hauler for trash collection. These residents are not eligible. If you currently have City trash collection and a black roll-out container you would be eligible. Questions, please call 615-794-1516. 

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