WASHINGTON COUNTY — Various Washington County city representatives converged Monday evening to discuss different recycling options and to hear bid proposals from two county-wide recycling collection services.
Both Republic Services of St. George and Dixie Waste Services submitted bids to the county. The two companies offer similar services, but differ slightly in the final price.
A participation cost analysis sheet handed out at the meeting showed that if 50 percent of county residents decided to take part in curbside recycling, Dixie Waste could provide the service for $3.82 per month per household. Republic’s bid rate for 60 percent county-wide participation showed a monthly cost of $3.85.
“We want to try to get the best option for the best price,” District Manager for Washington County Solid Waste Neil Schwendiman said.
Although pricing per household will vary depending upon the percentage of residents who choose to participate, with their bid, Dixie Waste claims they could save the county $9,700 a year with 50 percent participation.
In the long run, Schwendiman said he reasons the big savings will come from conserving landfill space.
While many Washington County representatives had a clear consensus of where their towns stood when it comes to curbside recycling, others were still on the fence on whether to support the opt-out option.
The opt-out option would allow for residents to choose to not participate in the curbside recycling program.
Towns like Leeds and LaVerkin expressed concern about the additional expense, especially if the program were to advance into a mandatory phase.
Apple Valley questioned why rebates for recycling would not be made available to town residents and expressed they would not be in favor of curbside recycling.
St. George indicated support for the opt-out option, while Santa Clara said they would be in favor of going ahead with mandatory participation.
Overall, most communities were in favor of at least the opt-out option, as long as the current binnies for recycling remain available to residents.
“I think we got an idea that a majority of the cities in the county are wanting to go with a recycling program,” Schwendiman said. “We have a lot of people moving in to the county that have come from places that already have recycling, and so we need to really move this forward and get something here.”
In the end, no cities were committed to a decision at the meeting.
The Washington County Solid Waste Board resolved to come up with three different options for each city and town to choose from that would best suit their community. The board is scheduled to meet again on March 2.
Meanwhile, the bids from Dixie Waste Services and Republic Services will be put on hold until a determination is made by all district members on how each city wants to move forward with curbside recycling.
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