City Times Staff
An official date has been set for single stream recycling to take over Wisconsin Rapids.
In a news release from public works director Joe Terry on Jan 3, 2017, the city of Wisconsin Rapids will change its recycling program to a single stream, automated process. This not only eliminates the need for separating paper from other recyclables, but is more efficient due to the recycling part being picked up directly by an arm on the recycling truck.
“This service should be more convenient for property owners, safer for collection operators, prevent accidental littering from recyclable materials blowing out of bins and out of the recycling truck, and result in more materials being recycled.” said Terry.
There is an frequently asked questions flyer for more information that can be accessed by clicking here.
This fall, the city will begin to deliver 96 gallon wheeled recycling carts with an attached lid at no cost. The city is offering residents an option of delivering a smaller 48 gallon cart, though it is not recommended.
“I highly recommend using the standard 96 gallon cart,” said Terry. “Even though it sounds big, the 96 gallon cart is very easy to maneuver and will allow you to place large amounts of recyclables without having to even break the item down into a more compact size.”
Examples of the 96 and 48 gallon carts can currently be found inside city hall for display. Residents are encouraged to feel them out and move them around before making a decision. There is a form residents can print off and return to the city if they wish to have the 48 gallon option instead, which can be found here. Residents are asked to fill out the form and return it before Jul. 31 to Judy Valazquez at the city garage, located at 1411 Chase St.