City-wide recycling program outlined for Woodland Mills officials, residents

City-wide recycling program outlined for Woodland Mills officials, residents
City-wide recycling program outlined for Woodland Mills officials, residents | City-wide recycling program outlined for Woodland Mills officials, residents

Dave Bragg with Republic Services was on hand to explain the process to residents
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Nearly every seat was filled at City Hall in Woodland Mills Monday night when the mayor and board of aldermen called a town hall meeting to discuss curbside recycling.
Mayor Wade Carrington told those in attendance that the city had been approached by Barker Brothers and Republic Services to be one of the first municipalities in Obion County to start a city-wide recycling and waste program.
He said the city currently charges residents $12 per month for weekly garbage pick up — a price he believes is an exceptionally good deal, since his daughter pays $22 in Martin each month.
Barker Brothers and Republic Services have proposed an increase of $1 per household to cover the cost of the recycling bins, but the city’s contracted rate would not increase for two years. Traditionally, Woodland Mills pays an increase of 3 percent each year on the contracted rate.
Dave Bragg with Republic Services was on hand to explain the process to residents. He showed off a blue bin with a green lid, which is marked with “recycling.” He said residents would simply be asked to place their recyclables in this type of bin and their household waste and other non-recyclables in their regular garbage bins. Items which can be placed in the recycling bin are paper, cardboard, newsprint, food boxes, cardboard, books, all plastics and metal containers, such as aluminum cans and food cans. Bragg said it would be nice if the plastic bottles and cans were washed out, but it is not necessary. Items in the recycling bin should not be bagged.
Things that should not be included in the recycling bin are glass, wet waste, food waste, Styrofoam, bathroom waste, rubber, wood and tires. He also suggested Walmart bags be taken back to Walmart and not included in the recycling bin.
Bragg said residents would still be getting weekly pick-up service. The only difference would be that recyclables would be picked up one week and household garbage the next. Should Woodland Mills elected officials decide to contract for recycling services, when Barker Brothers and Republic Services place the bins at each household, included will be a list of items which can be recycled and a calendar covering the first month designating what will be picked up each week.
He said the company is aware there will be a learning curve and that some garbage waste will get placed with the recyclables.
Most residents who at-tended spoke during the town hall meeting. Some said they already take their recycling to the county’s recycling center in Union City, while others said it would be convenient for those who cannot physically manage to carry their recycling to Union City. One person offered it would probably be cheaper to pay the $12 per year extra to have curbside recycling than to pay for the gasoline to drive to the recycling to Union City.
Others said they were against recycling when they came to the meeting, but once they learned they would still have weekly pick-up, they understood and are for the service.
One couple in attendance said they thought the 20 people who came to the meeting was a poor showing and too few for the board to base their decision. They suggested a questionnaire be mailed to the residents.
Carrington said each of the 168 households in the city was mailed a letter about the town hall meeting and that he appreciates everyone who came. He said 20 people is a good number and there have been meetings when no one from the public attended.
“We try to do what is best for Woodland Mills,” the mayor said, adding the board tries to “spend wisely, not wildly.”
“We had the opportunity to vote at the last meeting, but we wanted to have a town hall meeting,” he said.
The board will consider the recycling program when it meets next on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Aldermen are Waymon Reagan and Tom Menees.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.30.12

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