Millville moving toward 'Clean and Green'

Clean days are ahead for Millville residents.

Beginning in May, all residents of the town will be able to enjoy curbside recycling services — and the town will pick up the tab. As part of the “Millville Clean and Green Initiative,” the town will pay $6 a month for curbside recycling for each permanent residential property. The pilot project has $10,800 budgeted for the recycling services, money that comes from the recent property tax increase approved by the town council, and pick-up will take place every other week.

Mayor Donald Minyon announced the program during the town’s regular monthly council meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Minyon explained that the recycling services are for both property owners and renters, and all a person has to do to enjoy the service is to fill out a form that the town will be mailing to each home soon and send the form back in to town offices.

“That’s it,” said Minyon. “People don’t have to pay a dime. They just have to fill out the form and send it back in to us. It’s important that people realize it is absolutely free for them. But they do have to send back in the form.”

Minyon has identified four services for the “Clean” part of the initiative, and four sections of the “Green” portion. In addition to the curbside recycling, the “Clean” part of the plan also calls for the relocation of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s recycling center, which recently shut down its location on Route 26 across from the town hall, finding a single trash-hauler for the town to limit the number of trucks passing through and providing spring and fall Dumpster services for residents.

Minyon also announced at the council meeting that a spring bulk Dumpster service has been scheduled for May 21 at the Millville Town Hall parking lot. He said he envisions the service being open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and cautioned residents not to bring items that contain Freon, paint or chemicals. That service will also be free to Millville residents.

As for getting the town to use only one trash hauler, Minyon said town officials are in the process of receiving bids from different services and will look at which one provides the most economic sense for citizens.

The relocation of the recycling center has been a little trickier.

Minyon has stated before that the town is working on a new location with representatives of the Millville By the Sea project and that a few potential locations have been identified. Both sides are currently working with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) on finding a location that could best be served by the roads, and nothing has been agreed on completely as of this time.

He stressed again that the recycling center is not connected with the town government of Millville but the council recognizes how important that service is to local residents.

“We have nothing whatsoever to do with those Dumpsters,” said Minyon. “However, we are doing everything we can to get them back.”

As for the “green” part of the town’s initiative, Minyon identified four services in which the town would like to partake — sidewalks to make the town more “walkable;” added lighting to the Millville Town Center area; a rain garden, walkway, bike rack, benches and the planting of native plants around town hall; and increased efforts to make Millville Town Hall more energy-efficient.

The sidewalk portion of the plan, along Cedar Drive, would be funded through a transportation enhancement program, and the work around town hall will be funded through DNREC, according to Minyon. The rest of the project would have to be paid for by the town.

More information on the Clean and Green Initiative can be obtained at Millville Town Hall.