Franklin replacing blue bag recycling program with blue bins

Posted at 2:29 PM, Apr 25, 2019

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The City of Franklin approved this week the use of blue roll-out containers, which will replace the current blue bag recycling program.

The new program is voluntary, and is expected to begin in early 2020. The Sanitation and Environmental Services Department is in the process of developing the program.

Those interested in participating will be able to sign up online. There will be a $4 charge per month for 12 months to cover the administration fee, and after the first year, there will not be an added fee. The 64-gallon containers will be the property of the city.

"We are hoping Franklin residents will be able to sign up online starting this summer and we'll be able to begin delivering the blue bins to registered customers in January 2020," said Sanitation Director Jack Tucker. "The new roll-out containers will assist us in automating our collection for recyclables. We urge everyone to continue using the blue bags until we begin collecting the blue bin recyclables in 2020."

Blue recycling containers will be collected the same day as the trash on residents' usual collection day.

Once the program begins, clean, dry and loose recyclables will be accepted in the containers. This includes paper and cardboard, plastics one and two, aluminum and steel cans.

Glass, Styrofoam and plastic bags will not be accepted. Cans and plastics should also be rinsed before being thrown in the bin.

The website where residents of Franklin can go to register and learn more information has not yet been announced, but will be soon.

The previous bag-based program began in July 2010.