ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — What could be so controversial about recycling bins?

Some people in the North Hills are in an uproar over new curbside containers for recycling.

When it comes to decorating the front of your home, a bright green and yellow recycling bin is not exactly the perfect front porch amenity. For some, it was a springtime surprise.

“They delivered them with a little instruction sheet in them where to put them on the sidewalk,” said Linda Schu, of Ross Township.

Ross Township came into the world of recycling automation this week as the crews from Waste Management made their first runs emptying the new recycle bins – with the claw.

“I really don’t think it’s an issue of people not wanting to recycle,” Ross Township Commissioner Grant Montgomery said.

Montgomery and his fellow Ross Township commissioners got an earful of can angst Monday night.

“I don’t need something that big,” said Patricia Henry, of Ross Township. “It’s hard for me to handle it. We get into the wintertime and I’m going up and down these steps.”

Henry voiced the most common concerns the commissioners heard. Plus, some said they “don’t have anywhere to put the bins.”

Also, Ross Township streets range from spacious to constricted.

“I don’t think they are appropriate for our streets,” Schu said. “We just don’t have enough room. We park on our streets, they’re huge and there’s really nowhere to put them.”

There are esthetic concerns, too.

“Some of the other municipalities have different cans that have a more appealing look,” said Montgomery. “Some folks simply didn’t want to see them lined up and down the street all day.”

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