Don’t worry, your recyclables are still actually being recycled by the Town of Vinton! The collection vehicle has changed, not the service.
Recyclables are now being collected by a used refuse truck the town purchased from Roanoke City. The schedule for recycling collection remains every two weeks.
Public Works Director Bo Herndon says the truck is much larger than the previous recycling trailer and allows the town to deliver recyclable materials collected to RDS (Recycling and Disposal Solutions) once a month instead of an average of eight times each week as had been necessary previously. Each trip takes about an hour, so the town is saving staff time, which can be used for other tasks.
“Utilizing the old trash truck for recycling has been a big success for the Public Works crews,” said Assistant Town Manager Cody Sexton. “Instead of having to spend time emptying the former, smaller truck multiple times a day, we are able to spend more time focusing on collecting the recycling and emptying the truck only a few times a month. This means our crews are more efficient at collecting recycling and can provide a better service to the citizens and businesses.”