A new option for Genoa Township residents to recycle excess cardboard is now in place.

New cardboard recycling containers are now located in the upper parking lot at the Genoa Township Hall off Dorr Road, which is the lot behind the sledding hill. Cardboard is still allowed in regular recycling bins. The containers are for residents to dispose of excess cardboard only and the township asks that residents please break down the boxes.

In late October, the township switched to Advanced Disposal for services, which offers every other week recycling. Although the carts are larger than the bins that used to be provided, a number of customers expressed displeasure with the every other week recycling - especially in terms of cardboard. The township did obtain a bid to go back to every week recycling but that came with a hefty price tag of $185,000, which was not feasible. Now that the new containers have been installed, they will be monitored to see how often they’re being used. If it works out, the board earlier agreed they could possibly install landscaping and a concrete pad to dress up the area. If not, then staff will come back to the board to try and determine other options. Meanwhile, the township is continuing efforts to try and educate residents about what constitutes appropriate recycling to avoid contamination. (JM)