Recycling could extend to commercial customers

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 29, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.

The Victoria recycling program is expanding.

Council members will vote Tuesday on a resolution to allow recycling to all commercial customers inside city limits.

Councilman Joe Truman said he is looking forward to the addition.

The second-most asked question when residential recycling came online was. "When will our businesses be able to do it?" Truman said.

He said he was in favor from the get-go.

"We just needed to figure out how much volume there would be and what advantage it would be to Waste Management," he said.

Environmental Services Director Jerry James said the addition happened quickly after the city opened a residential curbside recycling program.

James said he "never dreamed" the residential curbside recycling program would be such a success.

"I know there is a lot of interest out there among commercial customers" for recycling service, James said. "We get a lot of calls and we've had a lot of interest in this program."

Commercial recycling will not cost the city.

Councilman Tom Halepaska said recycling was residents' most-requested service.

"So many people believe in it," he said.

As a business owner, he said, cost was a factor when Waste Management began offering cardboard recycling services.

"By the time you paid for the extra dumpster, it was expensive to be a recycler," he said.

A 96-gallon cart would cost $16.09 monthly or a commercial Dumpster would cost $53.62 monthly, according to the resolution. There is an option for once or twice weekly pick up.

Out of the resolution, Waste Management will provide the city three Dumpsters at no charge to be picked up weekly. The Dumpsters will be at the city purchasing department, 1201 E. Pine St.; the city building, 700 N. Main St.; and at City Hall, 105 W. Juan Linn.

The city needed to get the residential program off the ground before commercial recycling could begin, James said.

The resolution will amend Waste Management's franchise agreement to add recycling service, James said.

"Basically the same type of service, they'll be using Sumpsters, or 96-gallon carts for smaller offices," James said.

The commercial recycling service would run in conjunction with the commercial garbage pickup, according to the resolution.

This will be a weekly pickup and all recyclables will be taken to the city of Victoria Recycle Center operated by Waste Management of Texas, Inc.

Commercial rates will not change with this amendment, according to the resolution. The rates for this service are the same as the current commercial rates. Any rate increases in the future will fall under Section 15.02(a) of the Containerized Commercial Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Services Contract, according to the resolution.

James said businesses are looking to make smart choices that benefit the environment.

"A lot of places have company policies (on recycling) and the local folks who run local businesses and they're looking forward to participating," he said.



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