Nov 27, 2013 at 9:09 am
grand forks may have to wait another year or two or three before talk of an expanded recycling program resurfaces. The city’s safety-service committee approved a five-year deal with service provider waste management last night that continues the existing curbside program. Built into the agreement is an option for making changes in years two through five. Over the course of the next year public works officials will review the current level of service and fine-tune cost estimates for rolling out an expanded program. In addition the city will study a pay-as-you-throw garbage program with various sized containers and costs. councilman tyronne grandstrand suggested the city look at taking over the recycling program to see if there is a cost savings. Interim public works director leahrae Amundson says the private sector has been in charge of the city’s recycling for several reasons including the distance to market to unload all the material.
the cost of recycling will climb a dime to two-dollars-52-cents per home in 2014. the council will review the contract at their next meeting.