By Brendan Wilner
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — The city of DeWitt allows commercial businesses to recycle what they want, and a family owned restaurant, Family Tree Café located in downtown DeWitt, is planning on getting their cardboard recycled within a few months.
According to the owner Tim Russell, the restaurant has a problem not being able to recycle their cardboard and it overflows their dumpster.
“A lot of things come in cardboard boxes and if we don’t break them down (which we do) they eat up a lot of space in the dumpster,” Russell said.
The restaurant is somewhat new to the area as it opened up last year. Russell said that he contacted the city and they are discussing a way for them to recycle the cardboard.
“They could arrange with a service provider, i.e. Granger, Waste Management, etc… for a recycling dumpster to be placed on site,” City Administrator Dan Coss said. “Family Tree does not own the building, so this may be something they have to coordinate with their landlord.”
Coss said that the city does not stop them from recycling and they provide curbside recycling for each single-family residence in the city. The participation rate for single-family homes is approximately 85 percent.
In the upcoming months, Russell said he plans to stay in contact with the city and continue the process of being able to recycle. He said he wants to make things easier for his restaurant.
Coss said that the city does not refuse service to commercial businesses and the city does not charge them.
“Each business is responsible to coordinate with a refuse provider of their choosing and arrange for the services they would like to receive.” Coss said.
Clinton County allows the citizens of DeWitt to recycle weekly on their curbside every Wednesday. Some things that they are allowed to recycle are metal cans, aluminum, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.
Kate Neese, Recycling & Waste Management Coordinator for the Clinton County Department of Waste Management, said that they could contact their current trash hauler and ask if they offer cardboard recycling service as well as trash service.
“They would have to pay for this service, just like their trash collection.” Neese said. “Their other option is to have staff haul the cardboard to the local drop off center (either the Watertown Charter Township site or Granger’s facility on Wood Road).”
The Family Tree Café is a friendly business that wants to help the environment if possible. Russell said that they want to recycle thing, but they currently don’t and he has to take things home to recycle them. In the winter months, the dumpster fills up faster and the restaurant doesn’t have anywhere to put the boxes.