By Ryan Gueningsman
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN On a split vote, Franklin Township accepted a quote from Wright Recycling for recycling services in the township for the next two years.
Three quote proposals were received to provide recycling services to the township’s 993 households. The proposals were reviewed at the township’s monthly meeting Feb. 3.
Waste Management turned in a proposal to the township for $3.75 per month per household for a three-year contract. This would have been with carts provided by Waste Management and feature single-sort recycling.
Randy’s Environmental Services turned in a proposal for $3.39 per month per household for a five-year contract, with a 3 percent increase at the beginning of year three and at the beginning of year five. This would also have been single-sort recycling.
Wright Recycling, which is the township’s current provider, and turned in a proposal of $2.12 per month per household for a two-year contract, with two-sort recycling.
Deb Gatz of Randy’s Environmental Services explained very few communities do the two-sort system anymore. She said that, in the communities that have made the change to one-sort, participation in recycling has increased drastically. With more recycling, goals are easier to reach, which increases the amount of money returned to the township.
Several residents who were at the meeting commented single-sort seemed to be the easiest way to go.
Waste Management representative Mike Donnelly said Waste Management would expect between a 35 and 65 percent increase in recycling. He said Waste Management has seen more than 100 percent increases in communities that have switched to single-sort recycling.
Gatz said when Randy’s Environmental Services changed to single-sort for the city of Delano, recycling participation increased 38 percent the first year.
Franklin Township Clerk/Treasurer Denise Olson said Franklin Township’s recycling participation averages around 400 to 500 households, or about half of the township. The recycling reimbursement is $20 or $30 per ton, depending on the total amount recycled.
Board Chairman John Czanstkowski Sr. said, when the township sent out proposal requests, it did not specify one- or two-sort recycling options. He said he doesn’t believe the comparisons in the proposals are “apples to apples.”
Czanstkowski made a motion to accept Wright Recycling’s low quote of $2.12 per household, per month, for a two-year contract with two-sort recycling. The action was approved, with Czanstkowski and Supervisor DeWayne Bauman voting in favor, and Supervisor Mike Barfknecht opposed.