FARR WEST -- Residents may now participate in the recycling program or opt out of it.
The city council unanimously approved a bid for a recycling program from EconoWaste, the company that handles Farr West's other waste collection. EconoWaste now will provide recycling cans for all residents unless they call the city by Sept. 30 and ask to opt out.
Cans will be delivered to all Farr West residents unless they have requested to opt out. Participants will pay $3.15 a month, based on at least 50 percent participation by residents. Residents who choose to opt out can join the recycling program at any time.
Councilman Tim Shupe said the cans will be delivered to residents beginning during the first part of October. The recycling cans will be picked up bi-weekly on the same day the regular waste is collected.
Shupe said Allied Waste and Waste Management also submitted bids for a recycling program, but EconoWaste was chosen with the appeal of low cost and the opt-out option.
He also said surrounding cities that have recycling programs with opt-out options have about 75 to 85 percent participation, so he believes the city will easily exceed the 50 percent participation level.
The city council has studied the recycling issue since the first of the year, with some residents stating they wanted to be able to opt out.
Others pushed for a recycling program, and a few people said recycling is a good idea, but they would rather do it on their own rather than be forced to pay for recycling program through the city.
Shupe said he really wants to get the word out that residents do have a choice, but if they want to opt out of the recycling program, they need to call the city or the can will arrive at their home and they see a charge on their monthly utility bill.