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June 6, 2013

Help wanted: Salem looks for recycling enforcer

SALEM — The city is looking to hire someone up to the challenge of tracking residents’ recycling, spreading awareness and issuing fines through Salem’s new mandatory recycling policy.

A posting for a $19-per-hour recycling coordinator is up on the city’s website, after the City Council voted final approval of the mandatory recycling policy last week.

Applicants must respond to City Hall by June 11; the policy takes effect July 1.

The policy, meant to save the city money on trash disposal, will have an extensive grace period but will ultimately mean a $25 fine to residents who repeatedly fail to put recycling on the curb.

Adoption of the policy qualified the city for a $50,000 state grant, which will be used to pay the recycling coordinator.

The position will be paid “up to” $19 per hour for 35 hours per week, for 18 months (July 1 to Dec. 31, 2014), according to the city’s job posting. As a contract position, the job comes without benefits.

Once hired, the person will report to the business manager in the city engineering department.

The recycling coordinator will be responsible for outreach and publicity to spread awareness about the new recycling policy. He or she will also have to conduct “regular inspections” of trash pickup routes and issue warnings and fines to addresses that don’t follow the policy, according to the job posting.

The mandatory recycling policy will begin with a three-month grace period, during which no warnings or fines will be issued.

Under the new policy, the recycling coordinator will leave door hangers, call the household and send letters explaining the policy if a resident does not put recycling out to the curb on trash pickup day. A $25 fine will be issued only if a resident fails to put out recycling for eight consecutive weeks, despite the coordinator’s repeated letters and calls.

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