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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

Both Kovach and Jungman said they have received complaints from constituents about Waste Management's customer service.

No matter who gets the contract, council members unanimously favor the city buying its own wheeled carts for the service.

Republic has submitted a base bid for a five-year contract of $3.5 million. Waste Management offered the same service for $3.7 million. Those amounts are if the city buys the polycarts.

If the city were to assume responsibility for the operation on a five-year basis, it would probably cost about $3.6 million, Komiske said. That amount does not include the cost of buying three new compressed natural gas sanitation trucks and about 30,000 polycarts, he said.

No matter who gets the contract, cardboard will be added as a recyclable item, Komiske said. The current service excludes cardboard but accepts paper, plastics, glass and aluminum.

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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