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February 12, 2014

City council talks trash

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The recycling program would be in addition to the trash pickup. However, the city will ask for two alternate recycling bids.

“There are two scenarios,” Neibert explained. “Residents don’t have to participate, and only receive a tote if they sign up to participate ... which would be considered voluntary participation. Only those participating would pay for the additional service. Or, we can have totes for all residents, making it mandatory — even though people don’t have to choose to recycle — and everyone would pay any additional costs.”

Chesley said the city also needs feedback on recycling as well.

“People need to know this could cost more,” Chesley said. Neibert said the overall costs of trash service could go down, based on the overall profit a company would make on the recycled materials collected.

Surveys will be provided to residents on the backs of water bills, and can be turned in to City Hall for participation. In addition, a Facebook survey will be set up to get comments from the public on both the leaf burning and recycling programs.

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