By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Recycling in the city is getting a makeover.
City Council members voted Monday to approve purchasing 144 customized waste containers with the city logo for a total cost of $6,018. The rolling containers will be made of polyethylene and will have plastic lids.
The change comes with the city’s recent switch to Waste Management of Michigan, which began a seven-year contract with the city Nov. 1. That deal will cost the city more than $7 million.
The city’s prior refuse disposal company was Republic Services Inc.
“They’ve switched over to Waste Management from Republic,” City Clerk William Griggs said, “and these are the containers Waste Management recommended they work with.”
The 96-gallon containers will be leased to property owners for $48 for each two-year period. They are manufactured by Cascade Engineering, of Grand Rapids, the only manufacturer of those types of carts in Michigan. The bid is similar to one the company gave the city of Dearborn recently.
Officials said the containers should cut the cost of curbside recycling by half to residents who sign up for it. Those wishing to rent the containers may contact the city’s Engineering Department.
Residents who don’t want to rent the containers still may drop off recyclables at the city’s recycling center at 1170 Grove.
(Contact Andrea Poteet at [email protected])