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Edmond is upgrading its residential curbside recycling program by switching to 95-gallon rolling carts with lids. The new program will cost residents an additional 48 cents a month.
by Diana Baldwin Published: March 12, 2013

— Residents will receive 95-gallon, rolling recycle carts with lids starting July 1 as part of the city's residential curbside recycling program.

“With the volume increase, we have outgrown the 18-gallon bins and we need to go to a larger container,” said Wesley Dedmon, Edmond's solid waste superintendent.

The charge will increase from $2.32 a month to $2.80, a 48-cent increase.

“The last increase was eight years ago,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

City council members this week approved an estimated $870,000 contract with Republic Servicing for the new residential curbside recycling program.

The new program will cost the city $150,000 more than the current annual contract with Waste Management, which has had the recycling contract since August 2005. That contract expires June 20.

“We have more people who are purchasing stuff in recyclable packaging,” Dedmon said.

Councilman Nick Massey said the lids on the containers should help with the problem of the wind blowing recycled items.

The new provider will pick up cardboard items, something currently not available.

The new blue bins will be serviced every other week on the same day as the regular trash service, Dedmon said. Maps will be sent to residents so they will know their pickup days.

About 72 percent of Edmond households use the recycle program.

Republic Services also will empty the containers at the city's recycle center near Covell Road and Interstate 35. City officials will pay $100 per haul, a $50 decrease per haul compared to the present contract, Dedmon said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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