Curbside pick up coming to town

MARTINS FERRY – The First Ward will be part of the new JB Green Team’s new curbside recycling test project.

First Ward is one of two areas that JB Green Team will try out the curbside project. The other area that is participating is located in Steubenville.

The city of Martins Ferry sent out informational letters to all 755 residents in First Ward.

Mayor Paul Riethmiller announced at Wednesday’s council meeting that already 115 residents have responded. According to Riethmiller, the first 400 that respond to the letter will be permitted into the program.

The program is free to all that chose to participate.

JB Green Team will pick up the cost of the containers, truck and the employee wages. The project is a trial right is to see if the programs will be successful in both areas and if JB Green Team will break even.

The program will last for on a one year trial bases. The first 400 will receive a free 65 gallon recycling bin.

“The bins should be in the week of the 15th,” said Riethmiller.

“The Lion’s Club and some volunteers are going to help us put them together … They have big wheels, with an axel that has to be put together … The lids and the wheels have to be assembled.”

When the participating 400 residents receive their bins, they will also receive more information on what is acceptable to put in the recycling bins. If there is any trash, food or glass in the recycling bins, the driver will not pick up the bins. However, glass bottles can be taken to a separate dumpster located at the city garage on First and Center Street. The bins will be picked up every week and should begin early in November.

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