Kluesner distributes new recycling bins

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Kluesner Sanitation, LLC has recently distributed new recycling bins to residents whose services are billed through the City of Guttenberg. The new vessels offer community members a larger container with a lid. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Kluesner Sanitation, LLC has recently distributed new recycling bins to residents whose services are billed through the City of Guttenberg. The new vessels offer community members a larger container with a lid. This updated version will hold more recyclables and keep paper products dry and securely contained in the bin on rainy, windy days. 

“Kluesner Sanitation does not own the old recycle bins, so they do not need to be returned,”   said a spokesperson for the company. "We are switching to automated trucks so we encourage community members to utilize the new recycling bins." 

There will be a change to your recycling pick up schedule starting in 2021. Beginning January 2021, recycling will be picked up only every other week.  The first pickup will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, and every other Tuesday following. NOTE: Garbage will continue to be picked up every week. For additional information call 563-927-5977.

Americans are consuming more and more stuff. After decades of urgent public-information campaigns, we finally understand the need and importance of recycling. 

What can be recycled and what is not acceptable can be very confusing. The following is a complete list of recyclables Kluesner Sanitation will accept.  

Acceptable Clean Metal Products:

Aluminum

Tin, steel, and aluminum cans

Metal jar lids

Coat hangers

Aerosol cans

Christmas tree lights

Pots and pans

Empty paint/aerosol containers

Acceptable Cardboard/Paper Products:

Newspapers, magazines, and catalogs

Corrugated cardboard (staples ok; pizza boxes must be clean of food refuse)

Gray chipboard including cereal, cracker, and shoeboxes

Junk mail and envelopes

Paper bags

Mixed office paper

Phone, paperback, and hardcover books

Paper egg cartons

Paper towel and toilet tissue roll cores

Shredded paper strips

Cardboard/paper products must be clean, dry, and flattened, pieces need to be in a 2' x 2' piece.

Acceptable Plastic Products:

Plastic with #1 through #5 and #7 symbols ONLY

Milk and juice jugs

Pop and water bottles

Yogurt containers

Ice cream tubs

Cooking oil containers

Shampoo bottles

Lotion bottles

Dish and liquid soap bottles

Bleach and detergent containers

Household cleaning containers

Please remove and discard all caps, lids, rings, and pumps from plastics, and flatten containers to conserve space.

Unacceptable Cardboard/Paper Products:

Milk and juice paperboard cartons

Slick-coated frozen food boxes

Greeting cards and gift-wrap

Paper plates, cups and napkins

Photographs

Disposable diapers

Cereal and cracker box liners

Crosscut paper/Shredded paper

Unacceptable Plastic Products:

Styrofoam

Plastic bags and film wrap

Plastic with #6 symbol

Plastic without a recycling symbol

Oil and antifreeze containers

Medical supplies and “sharps”

Plastic shopping bags (please recycle at participating stores.)

Unacceptable Miscellaneous Items:

Televisions

Computers and electronic equipment

Tires

Glass is not acceptable for recycling. Glass should be placed in your trash.

It is important to be hypervigilant about placing only acceptable recyclables in your new container. Failure to comply with the items listed will result in the entire bin being discarded in the trash. 

Guttenberg Rotary Redemption Bin

The Guttenberg Rotary can redemption bin located behind the city garage on Haydn Street (across from the swimming pool) will accept glass beverage containers that have Iowa 5 cent deposit indicated. For convenience, safety and regulations a large bin with a lid is provided which sits in front of the can bin for just glass.

Rotary members ask the public to treat the area with respect. If abused by depositing non-qualifying glass, aluminum, plastic, broken glass or garbage in bins, the redemption center will charge for cleanup and removal rather than paying for cooperage. The Rotary Club uses 100 percent of the proceeds from their can redemption collection to support community projects. 

Simple ways to reduce trash

Is responsible land stewards Americans need to be cognizant about reducing our waste. 

The following are nine simple ways every household can reduce their refuse. 

Get to know the rules of recycling. 

Use reusable cloth bags instead of relying on plastic bags.

Make a meal plan. Only purchase groceries you know you will eat. 

Start relying on reusable containers for proper storage of food to extend its shelf life. 

Learn to compost. Many discarded food items can be composted to create nutrient rich soil.

Learn to repair rather than discard.

Cancel unnecessary mail.

Stop using disposable plates and wash and reuse plastic silverware, plates and cups.

Stop buying plastic water bottles.

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