Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 24, 2005

New Germany going to single-sort recycling

By David Cox
Correspondent

New Germany residents will soon go to a single-sort recycling program, courtesy of a new program offered by Waste Management.

The new program will allow residents to combine cans, plastic, glass and paper in a single container. Previously, New Germany used a two-sort program.

The carts used in the program are similar to those used for trash pickup except that they have a gold lid instead of being all green.

The convenience of this program has resulted in participation rates between 75 and 90 percent in communities where it is being used, according to Waste Management.

There will be no extra cost for this program according to Sheldon Swensen of Waste Management, City Clerk Shelly Quaas said.

New equipment makes it possible for Waste Management, rather than the homeowner, to sort the materials.

The covered carts provide more capacity and have the added advantage of keeping materials dry and less likely to blow out of the bins.

More than 140,000 homes are already participating in this program in other communities.

Details are still being finalized, but the new service is expected to begin in February.

The city newsletter and a mailing from Waste Management will provide further information when available.

In other business, sealed bids for a used fax machine and copier were opened during Wednesday’s council meeting.

Four bids were received for the fax machine and two for the copier.

The council accepted the high bid of $206 for the copier, submitted by Tommy Mathisen, and the high bid of $37 from Eric Roepke for the fax machine.

Quaas told the council that Jim Borka of Public Works had received a quote of $500 for a combination drop/broadcast spreader with pneumatic tires for spreading salt on the sidewalks around city hall. Borka was unable to be at the meeting due to illness.

“I don’t think any of us were thinking of anything that expensive.” Council Member Steve VanLith commented.

The council discussed different options for purchasing a spreader and noted that there was already a problem with ice on the sidewalk on the west side of city hall.

“It’s time to get something and get it done,” Council Member Paul Roepke said.

Council Member Tommy Mathisen volunteered to pick up an inexpensive spreader and drop it off at city hall for use.


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