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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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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Join the Blue Cart Crew for Recycling
Last month, I wrote about how important it is to recycle with Blue Bags in St. Peters. If we did not recycle, your trash bill would be higher as it would have cost us extra to put it in a landfill. One major expense for our recycling program is purchasing the Blue Bags themselves. The cost to the City of St. Peters for Blue Bags has grown from around $50,000 a year to about $190,000 a year over the past decade. But, we haven’t seen an increase in recycling during that time. This increase in cost is because many people used Blue Bags for regular trash or other purposes besides recycling.
To try to save costs and keep our trash bills low, the City of St. Peters is moving to a subscription-only recycling system. To receive Blue Bags, you’ll need to join the Blue Cart Crew and pledge to use Blue Bags only for recycling. You can go online to www.stpetersmo.net/Recycle or call 636-970-1456 to learn more and enroll today. Be sure to enroll in the Blue Cart Crew before April 1, 2019, in order to avoid any disruption in curbside recycling service.
Blue Carts will be ordered soon and delivered to people who are joining the Blue Cart Crew. When you join the Blue Cart Crew, your green trash cart will be replaced with a Blue Cart. You will use your Blue Cart for both trash and Blue Bag recycling the same as you did before with green carts. The Blue Cart will be 90 gallons, the same size as our green trash carts. Or, if you want to keep your green trash cart, you can choose to have a Blue Cart Crew sticker placed on your green cart instead of replacing it.
Here is the promise you make when you join the Blue Cart Crew: I pledge to recycle with Blue Bags. I will not use Blue Bags for any other purpose than recycling, and I agree to periodic compliance checks. I understand that if I break this pledge, I could be removed from the Blue Cart Crew and won’t have access to Blue Bags for curbside recycling in St. Peters.
Please join the Blue Cart Crew and tell your neighbors that “the Blue Cart Crew needs you, too!”
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