RIVERDALE — On the first of two opt-out rounds, 14 percent of garbage customers rejected recycling services set to begin this fall.
Of a total of 2,063 residents paying for regular garbage service, 284 opted out of the city’s recycling program.
City officials were aiming for an opt-out rate of 20 percent or less.
Officials are still consulting with residents of planned residential unit developments before ordering recycling cans.
Those who stay in will pay an extra $2.45 each month for the biweekly recycling service.
Because city council members wanted to encourage all residents to try recycling before deciding against it, they are allowing a second opt-out period, about eight months after the recycling service begins.