Single Stream Recycling May Become a Reality
By Joe Bachman
In a discussion last night by the public works committee, members voted to push through a motion to adopt an automated single stream recycling service for Wisconsin Rapids.
Currently, the city uses small bins for their recycling, as well as one recycling truck to manually pick the bins up. An automated single stream service would see the implementation of enclosed 48 to 95 gallon bins to hold resident’s recyclables.
Joe Terry, Director of Public Works, met with various members of the community over concerns that the 95 gallon bins would be too heavy to move around. He reported that retired members of the community had no problems moving a full 95 gallon bin, as it is on wheels, and built for ease of use and movement.
“A single stream automated would be significantly safer and will result in a significant increase in the collection of recyclable materials,” said Terry, “At the end of the day we’ll end up saving the city quite a bit of money.”
Residents would have the choice between two different sizes of bins, as well as the convenience of not having to separate recyclables. In an automated single stream service, all recyclables would go into one large bin.
“The other advantage of the automated and side loading truck, is that it’s much cleaner,” said Terry. “Even on a breezy day, if you follow the recycling truck around it gets messy. Things fly around when they’re out in the open, and here, they’re in a closed container.” said Terry.
The committee approved a motion to go forward with an automated single stream recycling service, which will first have to be approved by the finance and property committee. It will then see final approval through common council.