Norman officials favor changes to curbside recycling service

Norman City Council members Tuesday debated whether the city should take over operation of a curbside recycling service or award a contract to an outside company. The council unanimously favors providing the service every other week, no matter who gets the contract.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013
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— City officials want to switch from a weekly curbside recycling service to service every other week.

Bins would be traded for “polycarts,” which have wheels, a lid and would hold more material, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said.

Residents currently pay $3 per month for the service, and that would not change, Komiske said.

A contract with Waste Management, which provides the curbside recycling service, is about to expire.

Proposals have been submitted to the city by Waste Management and Republic Services Inc. for a new five-year contract, both based on a biweekly service. City officials also have studied how much it would cost if the sanitation department took over the operation, providing biweekly service.

Going to a biweekly service is more cost-effective than keeping a weekly service, Komiske said.

In a study session Tuesday, most council members said they favor awarding a contract to Republic Services, which operates 75 recycling centers in the United States.

Two councilmen, Tom Kovach and Greg Jungman, favor turning over the service to the sanitation department.

“We would get better customer service from our guys. With someone else, it's not like you can tap them on the shoulder and say ‘fix it,' and they will,” Kovach said.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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