Salted with Sharks

Finally the Truth! About Garbage

In Community Alert, Environment, Housekeeping, On and off the Apron on May 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

By Emily Votruba

Village garbage pickup, provided by Allied Waste (Republic Services) of Manistee, is every Friday morning. Put your trash out by 7 am to be safe. In the event of a Monday holiday, service will occur the next day (so, in our case, pickup will be Saturday).

You must purchase official red Allied Waste garbage bags. For many years, villagers bought these bags at the Village Office from our clerk, Sharyn Bower; most recently the price was $25 for a pack of ten. Because of the Village’s financial crisis, office hours have been drastically reduced, and this service is no longer provided.

You can buy bags at Glen’s in Frankfort or Shop-n-Save in Benzonia for $30 for 10 or $3 each. (“There’s no deal,” said the person who answered the phone at Glen’s.) City Hall in Frankfort sells them for $25/10—and yes, you can use theirs, because they also contract with Allied Waste. The cheapest option (not including gas) is to buy bags at the Village of Beulah office, at $21 for 10. The Beulah office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, or you can go there Monday through Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 when treasurer Dawn Olney is there.

It has become customary for Villagers to use their own standard-size trash receptacle, and simply hang an official garbage bag as a “red flag” over the side, secured to the can by its lid or some other means. This is perfectly acceptable. Be aware, though, that if the amount of trash in your container is significantly larger than what would likely fit in an official bag, the waste removal team may pass you by. Perhaps fly two red flags, if you’re not sure.

If you generate a lot of waste, and the whole buying-trash-bags scenario is harshing your mellow, you may choose to rent a container from Allied Waste for approximately $20 per month (that’s $15 plus fees; the Allied rep reached by phone today wasn’t totally sure of the cost). Give ’em a call at (231) 723-4940, or visit their website.

The Allied staffer also noted that yard waste pickup is available in the Village on the second Friday of every month from April through August, and then on the second and fourth Fridays from September through November. Special yard waste bags can be purchased at Glen’s for the same price. In the fall, leaves may be dumped at the swamp end of First Street. Or you can dump your leaves and pesticide-free clippings in Emily Votruba’s yard. If you spray, though, please stay away. Thank you. Note: Per a fairly recent Village ordinance, there is no burning of brush or other yard waste allowed in the Village limits. Some of your near neighbors like to keep their lungs pink, so please be considerate and follow the law.

Unlike Frankfort, the Village has no curbside large-item removal—except by your fellow Villagers, if you put out something cool. Instead, we have an annual cleanup day, where for $25 a pickup load, Village residents can bring their trash to the Village Office and Ken Bonney will help dump it in a rented Dumpster. The next one of those is this Saturday, May 17, from 9 am to 2 pm; details in the flier below. I, for one, am very excited about this.

In your ongoing effort to be a good citizen and member of our ecosystem, you may wish take advantage of Benzie County’s hazardous and electronic-waste collections (see flier below), orchestrated by the fabulous Marlene Wood, and by all means, save yourself some money by bringing your recyclables to the massive recycling bins in the Frankfort industrial park on Parkview Lane, off M-115. Paper products and anything stamped with a triangled number can go in there; glass must be placed the nearby separate glass containers. If you want to help out the local high school, take your cardboard to the trailer in the Frankfort–Elberta High School parking lot. They’ll appreciate it. Ψ

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