Curbside Recycling Program Will Change Jan 1
October 24, 2011
Starting Jan 1, 2012, Golden Valley will have a new, improved curbside recycling program featuring wheeled carts instead of bins, the collection of additional recyclables with no sorting required, and every-other-week service with a new hauler. Convenience and potential cost savings are the driving factors behind the change.
Until Jan 1, curbside customers will continue to separate their recyclables as usual and set them out in the current bins.
What Will Change
Recycling Hauler—Allied Waste outbid the City’s current hauler, Waste Management, for the curbside recycling program.
Recycling Containers—Allied Waste will provide every curbside customer in Golden Valley with a new 68-gallon recycling cart with wheels and a lid. The footprint of the new cart will be only a few inches larger than the present recycling bins. In most cases, they will fit in the space currently taken by the bins. The new carts will be delivered in December but can’t be used until after Jan 1.
Service Schedule—Recycling pick-up will be every other Friday instead of every Friday, with approximately one-half of the City serviced one week and the other half serviced on the alternating week. Fewer truck runs will reduce wear and tear on the City’s streets. Watch for a mailing from Allied Waste in late November, which will outline the new pick-up schedules.
Recyclables Collected—In addition to all materials accepted in the current recycling program, you’ll also be able to recycle yogurt cups and other plastic food containers labeled #1–7, paper milk and juice cartons, and plastic bags. No sorting will be necessary, just place everything in the cart together.
Special Recycling Services—Allied will provide a curbside pick-up of electronics and appliances for a fee (watch for more information next spring) and will also work with the City on the Fall Leaf Drop-Off and Mighty Tidy Day.
What Won’t Change
Cart Storage—As outlined by City ordinance, recycling containers must be stored no more than 3 feet from the primary or accessory structure and must at all times be located behind the front of the primary structure. Containers may be placed at the curb from 5 pm the day before collection to 9 pm the day of collection.
Fees—The recycling fee posted to your quarterly City utility bill will remain the same. The amount residents are charged on their utility bill covers only a portion of the entire City recycling program. Besides curbside recycling, the program also includes the Spring Brush Pick-Up, Mighty Tidy Day, and the Fall Leaf Drop. At least in the short term, the new contract will help the City absorb some of the increasing costs of the various recycling programs without needing to change the quarterly recycling fee.
To save money, the City will continue to contract jointly for recycling services with the Cities of Plymouth and Minnetonka. Allied Waste’s bid for the contract was 18 percent lower than the next closest proposal. In addition, the City will get 100 percent of the revenue generated from the sale of recycled materials (25 percent more than it currently receives). And because the contractor provides the recycling carts, the City will no longer have to budget $10,000 per year for recycling container replacement.