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Bagged Recycle Material no longer accepted in Ridley Park Borough

Ridley Park Borough residents are no longer able to have bagged recycle material picked up at the curbside.  Recycle materials instead must be placed into recycle cans, recycle bins, or clearly marked recycle-trash cans free of debris, rubbish and trash.

The Borough's recycle hauler, B & L Disposal Services, 411 W Oak Ln, Glenolden, PA 19036, 484.326.9774, informed Borough Council by letter that new rules were in place at their disposal facility and bagged recycle materials are no longer accepted. The change went into effect last week.

Ridley Park's Borough Website, Ridley Park TV and the Borough FaceBook Page have similar announcements.

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Comment by tim devabey on October 12, 2017 at 12:53pm

I would expect that the Borough Council has signed a contract with B&L Disposal Services.  I would expect the Council to have negotiated a "performance clause" into the contract to require notification of all residents by B&L of any changes in collection policy mid-contract. Recycling is an important program.  Why is the Borough Council not acting vigorously to promote recycling?  B&L Disposal Services is listed on the internet as being in operation for only "3 to 5 years."  Who negotiated and signed the contract with this fledgling company?  What does B&L stand for?

Comment by Jonathan Lowe on October 6, 2017 at 10:38pm
B&L may take my 'blue bin'. It was inadequate at best. ~JL
Comment by George H on October 6, 2017 at 2:57pm

I just called B&L Disposal Services and informed them that from now on I will be taking all of my cans,bottles,ect. and disposing of them in my normal trash!! I suggest that others might do the same.This is not the contract we are paying for.For the residents that have to put their cans out on Swarthmore Ave. this should create a beautiful mess when cans fall over and are in full display for folks passing by and have a lasting memory of our town.Also I was just wondering why the clear plastic bags I've been buying are called RECYCLE BAGS ?

Comment by Howard McCoy on October 6, 2017 at 11:02am

@Jim Butt - I'm with you. RPOL and Code Red were not utilized to get the word out. Granted this is not am emergency, however when this kind of moving news is dumped on the Borough, there should be an "inclusive communications plan" that includes email blasts and posts directed to RPPD, RPFC, RP Swim Club, The Library, RP Business Association RPOL, + FB and the Borough's homepage.  RPOL's never been included in broadcasts, notifications, or date changes.  Since I've been around it's been selective community communication at the government level and RPOL was a hope of change to come.

Despite an Emergency Manager on board for years, and a so-called emergency plan in place, the Borough has never implemented an all-out bulletin network. We have two trains that bisect our tiny community and I-95 and in the event of a real community emergency someone needs to cast a broad net to be as "inclusive as possible."

I hope this is seen as a run through of what happends when there is s real need to "get the word out." In the digital age, just the Borough's FB and Homepage are insufficient.  BTW, when's the last time you tuned into RPTV during the daytime?

Comment by Kim B Kester on October 5, 2017 at 10:13pm

Pure BS! It's called poor leadership at council level.

Comment by Jeannine McKnight on October 5, 2017 at 5:42pm

This is ridiculous and unacceptable. The borough should have say in how recycling is to be collected. The recycling blows all over the street when it's just piled up loose in containers. It's a real mess, and it's unsafe. Putting the recycling in clear bags is neat, safe, and efficient. Why in the world are they making this change?! It's as if they don't really want us to recycle. We need people in charge in the borough who are going to handle this properly. Recycling is important to the planet and our future. There is an election next month, so how do the candidates plan to address this serious problem?

Comment by Julie Lacontora on October 5, 2017 at 4:27pm

Now I know why my recyclables were not picked up! How silly is this? The bags should be recyclable as much as the bottles are! And carrying a plastic bag full of empty plastic bottles is so much easier to do. 

Comment by Jim McGowan on October 5, 2017 at 11:50am
It will almost certainly cause a reduction in recycled material. Any time a change is made in how the recycled material must be handled/packaged it affects the amount of materials put out.
Comment by P.A.Guld on October 5, 2017 at 10:04am

I hope that the disposal company will then place the containers upright and back on the curb. We started bagging because the containers were left lying in the street or laying down on the curb which resulted in them rolling all over. Additionally, some re cycle containers get blown over with the contents then being left in the street to blow around. No effort is made to pick them up by the company employees or residents. I wonder if there will be a decrease in recycling. Time will tell

Comment by Howard McCoy on October 5, 2017 at 9:48am

I'm hoping this was a measure to lower the recycle materials.  Until this time, we've been using clear plastic bags for recycling in Ridley Park because they're required for recycling in our summer community.

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