St. Francis' drop-off recycling center has expanded its hours for the summer season to better handle the refuse collected in warmer months.
The center, located at 2125 E. Bolivar Ave., traditionally increases its hours in April. But, after examining the volume of drop-offs, Melinda Dejewski, city engineer and director of Public Works, requested the Common Council expand the hours.
From now until Oct. 31, the center will be open Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In years past, the center was open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the warmer months.
"In reviewing the amount of recyclables collected during the summer months and winter hours, it becomes apparent that the Saturday hours need to be increased," Dejewski said.
Winter hours, meanwhile, will be decreased on Saturdays. Previously open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the center now will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 1 to March 31.
During the colder months, the center will continue to be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and closed Wednesdays.
On average, Dejewski said 38,125 bags of yard waste are dropped off during the summer months.
By contrast, 3,119 bags are dropped off in the winter.
"However, oftentimes there are less than 100 bags of yard waste and once in 2006, there was no drop off of any materials during winter hours," Dejewski said. "The majority of the yard waste during the winter hours comes in November."
In addition to yard waste, drain oil, tires, batteries and phone books are collected at the center. Proof of residency is required to use the center.
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