The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 27, 2013

City mulls curbside recycling changes

By Jean Cole

— Athens may change the way it collects recyclables in the future, pending a decision by the City Council in coming weeks.

City Sanitation Director Earl Glaze told council members during a work session Monday the city’s two recycling trucks are near death.

“Everyday we are wondering if we will get through the day with the current trucks,” Glaze said. “The metal is so deteriorated we can’t weld it. There is (recyclable) material falling out on the roads, and these trucks are not going to survive the summer.”

Rather than spend $260,000 to replace the trucks plus $80,000 for two more employees to man them, for a total of $340,000, Glaze proposes changing to “single-stream” recycling.

Single-stream would mean eliminating the recycling bins resident currently use, buying 96-gallon recycling carts for $125,000 and using existing employees and existing garbage trucks equipped with hydraulic arms to empty the carts bi-weekly.