Ward 4 Alderman Don Aytes
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Don Aytes lives in Country Creek and has been a resident over 29 years. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and is retired after serving 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He and his wife, Delores, have three children.
Alderman Aytes served as an Alderman to the residents of Ward 4 from 1984-2002. He was elected again in 2007 and re-elected in 2015 for a four-year term. Alderman Aytes current serves as Aldermanic Representative on the Outpatient Surgical Treatment Center Medical Review Board.
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Message from Alderman Aytes
Join the Growing Blue Cart Crew!
I want to thank each and every resident of St. Peters who is doing their part to continue our wonderful recycling program. We’ve had 4,300 homes sign up for the Blue Cart Crew and take the pledge to use Blue Bags only for recycling. Soon, we’ll deliver Blue Carts to these homes or place Blue Cart Crew stickers on members’ trash carts.
We had such a great demand that we already have all of the 2019 Blue Carts reserved! That doesn’t mean that you can’t participate. You can still join the Blue Cart Crew anytime. To reserve a Blue Cart and get on the list for a 2020 delivery, please enroll now and select the “reserve” option. In the meantime, you will get a Blue Cart Crew sticker on your existing green trash cart so you can still be a Blue Cart Crew member and continue to receive Blue Bags for recycling.
By joining the Blue Cart Crew, you’ll remain part of St. Peters’ recycling effort that helps to keep our trash costs low and give recyclable materials a new life. Beginning April 1, 2019, you will not be able to continue recycling curbside without enrolling in this new program.
We need you on the Blue Cart Crew!
Learn more at www.stpetersmo.net/Recycle.
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Why ‘Dual Stream’ Recycling Works
Have you ever thought about why in St. Peters we ask you to recycle containers in one Blue Bag and paper goods in another Blue Bag? This is called a dual stream recycling system because you put both trash and recyclables in the same collection cart. Using Blue Bags to separate paper from containers leads to less contamination.
Many other communities use “single stream” recycling. This is where all recycling is combined and collected in one cart. You might have seen news stories about these communities having problems with finding a market for their recycled goods. Single stream recycling has a lot of contamination because all containers and paper are mixed together. It’s easy for a liquid or food item from a container to contaminate the paper it’s mixed with. China was the No. 1 importer of single stream recycling, but has severely restricted its imports due to the contamination of single stream recycling. Today, the market is saturated with single stream recyclables that nobody wants to buy.
St. Peters’ dual stream recycling system remains marketable because of a very low contamination rate due to the process of separating containers from paper items. When you recycle by placing containers in one Blue Bag and paper items in a separate Blue Bag, we can sort these recyclables and sell them on the open market to help offset our costs for trash and recycling services. It helps to keep your solid waste fees low.
This dual stream system of recycling means that our recycling program in St. Peters works the best in today’s market. As a result, our residents will continue to have the best recycling program in the state of Missouri without significant cost increases.
We sold $780,000 worth of recycling last year. With this sale, recycling continues to keep your trash fees low.
REMEMBER: Be sure to join the Blue Cart Crew to continue recycling curbside in St. Peters. Sign up for the Blue Cart Crew before April 1, 2019, in order to avoid any disruption in curbside recycling service.
Learn more and enroll in the Blue Cart Crew at www.stpetersmo.net/Recycle.
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