The Edmond Sun

March 14, 2013

City accepts new curbside recycling contract

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The City Council approved a new five-year residential curbside recycling program 4-0 this week.

The current five-year Waste Management contract will expire June 30, said Wesley Dedmon, superintendent of solid waste. Republic Servicing was awarded the new contract for an estimated cost of $870,000.

“We also wanted an option with a larger container to accommodate the increased material being recycled that is just simply out-flowing the 18-gallon bins in many different locations,” Dedmon said.

The current recycling program is a once a week service with a Solid Waste Utility cost set at $2.32 for each residential unit. Waste Management currently charges the City of Edmond a contract fee of $2.02  per unit for the contract service.

“Our last increase in the recycling fee was over eight years ago,” said Larry Stevens, city manager.

Dedmon recommended a 95-gallon lidded cart that is the same size as the current solid waste material cart serviced every other week at a cost of $2.50 by the contractor. As a result, the solid waste utility will increase to $2.80 per unit, Dedmon said.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner noted that the new carts would have wheels and accept cardboard. Residents would have the option of keeping a smaller container.

Some folks, including apartment dwellers do not have access to curbside service. So the Solid Waste Department also services the roll-off containers at the Recycle Drop-off Center at a cost of $150 per haul. The new contract will decrease that cost to $100 per haul, Dedmon said.

The city’s recycling program has a participation rate of 35-40 percent, Dedmon said. A 2007 independent survey by the University of Central Oklahoma found a 72 percent participation rate when including persons who recycle materials every other month. | 341-2121