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City set to give final approval to new citywide, curbside recycling program

March 22, 2013

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Lawrence residents, you have about 18 months to come up with an extra $2.81 per month.

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set to formally approve a new citywide curbside recycling program that would begin in late 2014 and add about $3 per month to every residential trash bill in the city.

“We think it is going to be a great program,” said Chuck Soules, the director of the city’s public works department, which will be responsible for running the program.

After more than a year of discussion, commissioners are set to approve an ordinance that provides a host of new details about the proposed service.

Here’s a look:

• Price: The city has settled on an initial fee of $2.81 per month for the curbside recycling service. As expected, every residential and multi-family resident who currently receives a city trash bill will be required to pay the fee. People won’t be required to actually recycle, but every resident will be required to pay the monthly fee, which will be added onto the city’s standard trash bill.

• Timing: The city will be ready to begin the service Oct. 15, 2014. That’s also when the $2.81-per-month rate increase will take effect.

• Frequency: Curbside collection will happen once every two weeks. The city will create a schedule showing what days each area of town is served. Soules said the new service likely will cause the trash day for many residents across the city to be changed. Households will have their recycling and trash picked up on the same days.

• Carts: The standard cart size delivered to households will be a 95-gallon cart. The standard-size trash cart delivered to residents recently is 65 gallons. Residents can request a smaller recycling cart, and since residents won’t be required to recycle, they can simply refuse to receive a cart from the city. But those residents still will pay the $2.81-per-month fee.

• Accepted materials. All recycling will be single stream, which means residents can throw all their recycling into a single container. Here’s what will be accepted:

— Glass bottles and jars

— Mixed paper such as magazines, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books and other similar materials

— Newspapers

— Office and printer paper

— Shredded paper, as long as it is bagged in a clear, plastic bag

— Cardboard containers, such as unwaxed cardboard boxes

— Tin, steel, aluminum and bimetal food and beverage containers

— Scrap metal that is less than 30 inches in each direction and less than 50 pounds in weight

— Plastic containers marked with recycling symbols No. 1 through No. 7

• Dumpsters: Residents who live in an area where their trash service is by a Dumpster won’t be getting a cart. Instead, the city will place a recycling Dumpster next to or near the existing trash Dumpster.

• Crews: City crews — the same department that picks up the city’s trash — will pick up the recycling. At the moment, though, it will take two separate crews to do the collection. The city does not have trucks that can haul the recycling and the trash at the same time.

• Recycling facility: The city on Tuesday will sign a seven-year contract — with two three-year renewal options — with Hamm Quarry to operate a new recycling collection facility just outside the Lawrence city limits. The multimillion-dollar facility will be built at the junction of Kansas Highway 32 and U.S. Highway 24/40, which is just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport. Hamm is the Perry-based company that runs the landfill where Lawrence takes its trash.

• Fines: The ordinance does establish a $5 fine anytime a resident sets out a recycling cart that contains materials that are trash instead of recycling. The city ordinance specifically states residents aren’t to use the recycling carts for other purposes, such as storing yard waste.

Soules said the city will need to buy about three to four new solid waste trucks to operate the recycling program, and the city likely will need to hire about five new employees to make the system work. Those costs are designed to be covered by the new monthly fee.

State law prohibits the city from starting the recycling program before October 2014, in order to give private recycling companies in the city a chance to adjust.

Soules said the city has plenty of work to do in the meantime, such as figuring out new routes for the city.

“There’s still a lot of planning that has to go into all of this, but we’re excited about the possibilities,” Soules said.

Comments

Alceste 1 year ago

As a kid....I couldn't wait to find pop bottles and turn them in to get a whole nickel for each bottle. Sadly are young people of this day would rather find an "app" and put it on a sheet of plastic and "play".

Put a strong enough deposit on glass and plastic and it WILL work just like it did. Pehaps a nickel a bottle is too "old". How about $1.00 per bottle? Accounting for inflation, Alceste suspects that's a more better number. Yeah....$1.00 per bottle....people will stand in line to turn that back in.....

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Alceste 1 year ago

WRONG, reality_check79

IF the state of Kansas wasn't so LAZY, we'd have a mandatory deposit built into the cost of glass bottles of all sorts; plastic bottles of a similar nature; and aluminum cans......

The state of Kansas legislature is simply too busy worrying about making certain each and every one of these political hacks get PAID via KPERS when "they" "Retire". Getting PAID is what being in the Kansas legislature is all about: Ask Rep. Paul Davis.....he'll be happy to tell you....and explain to you why he deserves being paid for a 372 day work year. NOT: Time and Again Alecest has requested written data from Rep. Davis' office about his own KPERS payoff....and, time and again Alceste has not had response one. These guys.....they're all in it it together: TO MAKE MONEY OFF THE BACKS OF THE WORKING PEOPLE OF KANSAS......

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reality_check79 1 year ago

If the people in Lawrence weren't so lazy this would not be necessary... Wal-Mart, hy-vee, and dillions all have recycling programs that a few people use... You have no one to blame but yourselves...

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Alceste 1 year ago

Ummmm..."We".....need to "demand" that a DEPOSIT is required on all plastic and glass "containers"........ergo......whiskey, beer, wine, soda, etc., etc., etc., etc.

The "curb side recycling" is touchy feely woo woo.......look up the numbers and one shall discover that the COSTS to recycle EXCEED the actual "recycle" benefit: MORE energy is spent to get "...the job done....." than to just "....let it be.....".

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pace 1 year ago

Great time, this is a good long run decision. I like the schedule, My number one goal is to reduce waste, given that once every 2 weeks is great. we need to demand less frivolous packaging from the companies who want to sell their stuff to us.

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Alceste 1 year ago

Studies are consistent in documenting that the COST to recycle EXCEEDS the recycling effort;and, that in fact, it is more costly and requires MORE utilization of resources to "re-cycle" than what actually occurs.

The "recycle process" is more a "touchy feely woo woo" piece of caca than it is in "...helping the environment.....": That is....more natural resources are utilized to "...recycle..." than are obtained from recycling. Incredible that the "....touchy feely woo woo....." crowd don't own this fact based reality.

City of Lawrence: Alceste will take your free cart but, be advised, it shall be utilized for something very different..... Good Grief....

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Alceste 1 year ago

so absurd. studies document that the touch feely recycle non-sense from the "curb side approach" is NOT cost effective. In fact, the production costs (including the price of petro fuel to drive the re-cycle trucks)....is greater than the actual results of the "recycle": It's all touchy feely woo woo.

Recycling is all about a DEPOSIT placed on the container during purchase.

But, then again....we're in Kansas and that'd be too much like right........

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del888 1 year ago

Just let Deffenbaugh do the curbside. They already have the trucks, recycle bins, etc. and they are equipped to process the product after they pick it up. And the big plus is they are cheaper. Deffenbaugh is a win-win for everyone. The city is not equipped to handle this project.

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NickDanger 1 year ago

Couldn't be more in support of this. About time. Thank you.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year ago

Just imagine what the dumpster served areas and apartment complexes will look like. Can't wait for this oe..

and all those who thought Amyx is your friend is your friend.

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headdoctor 1 year ago

There wont be anything cheap about this in the long run if they have to buy 3 to 4 new garbage trucks at $200k apiece.

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headdoctor 1 year ago

Guess one article running on this wasn't good enough. Sort of renders the whole posting idea worthless and a waste of time. 2% content, 98% filler.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year ago

So if we deduct the 2.81, then what? Denning vs City of Elkhart

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skinny 1 year ago

Some much for trying to attract retirees to the area!!

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year ago

I will enthusiastically pay the extra fee to support curbside recycling. However, the city should reduce the trash collection fee as their tipping fees at the landfill and their fuel costs for the trucks will be lower on that side of the equation.

Lawrence should have led the state on recycling.

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