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Norman City Council debates frequency of recycling service

Norman City Council members on Tuesday debated whether changing the weekly curbside recycling service to every other week requires approval by voters.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: February 21, 2013
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At least one city council member thinks voters should decide whether the curbside recycling program should be changed from a weekly service to every other week.

Councilman Tom Kovach said voters in 2007 approved the recycling program based on ballot language that specified it was a weekly service. To change to a biweekly service would not be in conformance with the ballot language, he said.

City Attorney Jeff Bryant said his legal opinion is that a vote is not needed to make the change. Residents voted on the $3 rate that is charged for the service, not how the service is delivered, he said.

Council members debated the issue during a study session Tuesday, with most members siding with Bryant's legal opinion.

The council wants to switch to every other week to keep costs of the program down.

With a biweekly service, bins would be traded in for “polycarts” that would hold twice as many items. The carts would have lids and wheels, and cardboard would be added as a recyclable material, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
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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