EMADCO Disposal Service is gearing up for its residential recycling program which will begin the first of October.
Over the past two weeks, the company has distributed more than 10,000, 96-gallon (30 pounds) blue containers to its residential customers that are to be used twice a month for recycling material, and a black 64-gallon (28 pound) container for weekly trash. Both containers are on wheels to help make moving them easier.
The company is providing the containers at no cost to customers, and has spent more than a half million dollars on them. Both containers are being provided as part of the regular monthly service fees, with ownership of the carts remaining with EMADCO.
EMADCO provides service to about 6,000 homes in Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, North Fork, Raymond, and O’Neals. Four recently acquired fully automated trucks will be used to pick up and dispose of recyclable goods from homes.
Recycling material, which will be picked up twice a month, include paper and boxes (catalogs, magazines, cardboard, newspapers, milk cartoons, scrap paper, clean pizza boxes); metal (aluminum cans and foil, pie pans, metal jar lids); plastic (soda and water bottles, cups and bags, milk, juice and cooking oil jugs, shampoo and soap bottles); and all glass jars and bottles.
Items that can not be recycled include clothes, yard trimmings, Styrofoam, rope, wire, electronics, food waste, diapers, or syringes.
The state has mandated that the county divert 75% of trash for recycling by 2020.
“The residential recycling program is simple and very important to the preservation of the environment and precious landfill capacity,” Ashley Smith, general manager of EMADCO said.
Smith said the company has received a few concerns, primarily from seniors, over maneuvering the containers down long, and or gravel driveways.
“We are going to work with those people and see if we can’t come up with a solution for them,” Smith said.
For a detailed list of what can, and can not be recycled, see emadcodisposal.com.
New 10-year contract
After going to bid and receiving a lot of community support, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved a new 10-year contract with EMADCO in September, 2014. The county decided to re-hire the company, owned by Morry Williams, that has been serving the Mountain Area for more than 40 years. The new agreement began July 1.
An Evaluation Committee, led by Procurement Consultant John Carlton (vice president of Gershman, Brickner and Bratton), County Administrative Officer Eric Fleming, Public Works Director Johannes J. Hoevertsz, and Senior Civil Engineer Ahmad Alkhayyat, ranked EMADCO Disposal Services as being the most qualified, providing the most comprehensive services at the most competitive price, and provides the most economic benefit to the county.
According to Smith, renewing the contract between EMADCO and Madera County will be great for the company and for the community. Unlike other service providers EMADCO is a Mountain Area company which hires locally and has invested in the community.
Originally, Williams ran the business my himself, starting in 1967. The company currently has 20 trucks and 25 employees.
Details: Emadco, (559) 683-4680, emadcodisposal.com.