By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Howard Lake residents will not have to sort recycling beginning Tuesday, March 24, following a new recycling single-sort agreement with Mumford Sanitation, pending city council approval at its Tuesday, March 17 meeting.
“Mumford Sanitation really deserves a lot of credit for this,” City Administrator Jennifer Nash said. “Karen was great to work with and got the ball rolling quickly.”
The price of recycling will not change, and recycling participants will still use the blue totes provided by the city.
“We are very happy that the City and our service provider, Mumford Sanitation, will now be able to offer this service to Howard Lake residents,” Mayor Pete Zimmerman said.
Taxpayers pay for lost recycling bins
Residents may also begin to notice that there are different recycling bins around town, with the city logo imprinted on them.
City staff now have 200 new recycling bins, which were ordered at a cost of $8 each, to replace bins that have disappeared over the years.
“There was no additional cost to have the city logo printed on the bins,” Nash noted. “Hopefully, the city logo will help residents recognize that the bins are to remain at the house when they move, although we are aware they are a pretty handy item.”
The bins are city property.
Residents should continue to use the recycling bins already in use, she added.
Howard Lake residents have recycling pickup every other Tuesday, and can find a schedule on the Howard Lake city website and at City Hall.
The monthly cost of recycling to Howard Lake residents is $1.25.
“We are happy to keep this cost low and promote the use of recycling services as much as possible,” Zimmerman stated.
Howard Lake participates in a reimbursement program through Wright County Environmental Services, which includes community pounds-per-household goals that reflect what reimbursement rate the city will receive.
“Recycling is really a win-win for the community, and we hope that everyone uses the program,” Zimmerman commented.
For residents who have more recycling than one bin can hold, the city has additional bins available for a one-time fee of $8.
Regular totes can be set out with recycling, as well, according to Nash.
“I guess the city’s main perspective is that we appreciate when residents recycle because it helps keep both our garbage and recycling costs down,” she added.