FARMINGTON -- The city's recycling program is rolling forward -- on two wheels.
The city council voted Tuesday to purchase 3,800 two-wheel recycling containers, moving one step closer to implementating a curbside recycling program, which could be in place by November.
The containers will be purchased from Roto Industries of California at a cost of $41.80 each. City Manager Max Forbush said delivery of the units could take place within 60 days.
City officials are still trying to finalize the mix of what size containers will be purchased. The regular 95-gallon container will be used for most households, but officials have also discussed purchasing a number of 65-gallon units for special developments.
In a unique show-and-tell display, officials had recycling containers from three manufacturers lined up at the back of the council chambers as they narrowed their choice and debated the merits of durability and ease of use. Besides deciding the issue of which container would best fit the city's needs best, officials also had to choose between injection-molded containers and rotational-molded containers. They opted for a rotational molded unit, claiming it will hold up better in the winter.
The container city officials chose was the cheapest of the three options considered. One of the options rejected would have cost over $60 per unit.
Mayor Scott Harbertson wheeled the approved container to the front of the room and noted that the containers will come with a 10-year guarantee.
In moving ahead on containers, city leaders can now focus on setting a monthly price residents will pay for the service.
Harbertson suggested city leaders should wait to set the rates, until they see some of the program's specifics.
Farmington is the fourth city in Davis County to approve a curbside recycling program and only the second to use the opt-out option.