By SHELLEY TERRY
ASHTABULA - - City Manager Anthony Cantagallo is receiving cards, letters and e-mails from people as far away as Florida. But the notes are not holiday greetings; but rather, encouraging words about recycling.
Cantagallo researched the idea and has come up with a company out of Florida that will provide the city with 20 free, stainless steel bins to help the city recycle newspaper. The company makes it's money by selling advertisement on the front of each bin.
"The citizens would like us to recycle," he said. "These bins are very good-looking, very stout bins and (the company) takes care of it."
At Monday's council meeting, Ward 5 Councilman Chris McClure said with so many bins available to the city, he believes schools should be involved in the process by placing a bin at every school.
"It could be a learning tool," he said.
City Auditor Michael Zullo agreed.
Cantagallo said newspaper and magazine recycling can be a lucrative business, but there's little money in plastics.
"I think (paper recycling) is a great idea," he said. "We're talking 20 bins at no cost to the city."
Last week, at council's public works committee meeting, Cantagallo said 58 percent of what the city dumps at the landfill is newspaper.
"We're burying dollars," he said. "That's the part that I think is nonsensical."
The city's superintendent of public services, Dom Iarocci, said he believes it to be a good idea because the company that brings the bins will get the advertising dollars and the city will get money from the bins' contents.
Right now, city residents have to bring their newspapers on Saturday to the West 24th Street transfer station. There is no other option in Ashtabula.
Star Beacon Print Edition: 12/21/2006
By SHELLEY TERRY