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City to Test Recycling of Books, Software, Videos
(September 18, 2007)

PORTSMOUTH - Books, computer software, videos, DVDs and even comic books are among the additional items that Portsmouth residents can now recycle in a designated bin at the city’s Recycling Center under a one-year pilot project, City Manager John Bohenko announced Tuesday.

Both hardcover and softcover books in any condition may be placed in the “Got Books” bin, along with videos, compact discs, DVDs, records/LPs, computer software and games, sports cards, and comic books.

“These items are being put out for the weekly trash collection more frequently, particularly when residents move,” the City Manager said. “This pilot program provides an opportunity for these items to be recycled and diverted from the landfill, which also reduces costs.”

Bohenko said the city has signed a one-year agreement with Got Books, Inc., whereby the company will provide and maintain the six-foot “Got Books” recycling bin at the Recycling Center located behind the Department of Public Works building at 680 Peverly Hill Road.

“In the past, the Department of Public Works has received inquiries from residents and school employees to recycle these items,” said Silke Psula, the City’s Solid Waste Coordinator. “This helps the environment and reduces our waste stream.”

The Recycling Center is open Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.



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