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Washington Staff Start Looking for Garbage and Recycling Options as Contract Ends Soon

Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

The garbage and recycling contract will be ending in Washington and city staff are working to find information for options moving forward. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting a workshop was held as the current contract for collection ends with the fiscal year on June 30, 2019. City Administrator Brent Hinson explained the current system isn’t sustainable, “There are just a number of issues as we look at this. Pretty much no matter what we do, you know, the recycling cart system that we have now is coming to an end. So, it’s like what replaces that?” The current recycling carts and bins cost $243 per household and are custom made. Hinson explained that a single-stream system is used in Kalona and Lone Tree. Councilman Brendan DeLong explained how much the city spends annually on bins, collection and recycling, “We’re paying roughly $26,000 a year in recycling carts, and then giving the recyclables to the 28E recycling center, and also paying $42,000 to the recycling center.” Mayor Jaron Rosien said the city doesn’t want to pass on any costs to homeowners. No formal action was taken and city staff will get more information from a variety of vendors to bring to council for further discussion.