New recycling carts will soon turn up on Island roadsides.
Republic Services will soon provide 95-gallong recycling carts to every home on the Island at no cost to taxpayers.
"It is part of our garbage contract," explained Liz Wilbert, assistant to Town Supervisor Mary Cooke.
"The idea is to encourage additional recycling," Wilbert said, "and also to reduce the garbage that's flying."
The old totes left recycling material exposed to the elements. One thing that hasn't changed is that sorting isn't necessary, as the recycling is sorted in the Republic plant.
The carts "are owned by the garbage company. They belong to the house. If you move, it stays with the house," Wilbert said. Examples of the carts are on display at Town Hall and the Golden Age Center.