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Hagerstown City Council to consider various trash, recycling options

August 07, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Council is scheduled to discuss Tuesday a number of trash and recycling options for city residents and businesses.

City staff will present the council with a draft of a bid proposal form that includes numerous options for recycling and trash service, according to city documents.

The purpose of the discussion is to have the council review the options prepared by staff to ensure the city covers all the alternatives that the council wants to consider when new bids are received for recycling and trash service, the documents said.

The city has been considering adjusting its offerings for trash and recycling for some time, Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood said.

The council established a trash and recycling task force in 2009 to address solid waste management in the city.

Councilman William Breichner, who served on the task force, said the city’s current solid waste contract is due to expire.

Of the options on the bid proposal sheet, many were proposed by the task force, he said, including single-stream recycling and once-a-week trash pickup.

Currently, the city offers trash hauling twice a week and dual-stream recycling once a week.

According to city documents, one of the options on the bid proposal from the council being discussed Tuesday is adding curbside recycling service for commercial properties.

 Haywood, who owns Skyline Coffee Co. on the square, said commercial recycling service is one of her bigger issues.

The city does not currently offer curbside recycling service to city businesses.

Also on the list was moving to single-stream recycling and using a recycling incentive program.

The council heard a presentation in June from Recycle Bank, a company that provides incentives to residents who recycle.

Incentives not only encourage people to recycle, but can save residents money at local and national merchants, the company representative said in June.

Whatever the council decides will depend on what it can afford, Breichner said.

“It is going to really depend on our ability to finance things, and right now a change, we would have to find a way to finance that,” he said.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue, who worked on the draft bid proposal form, was unavailable for comment.

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