CENTERVILLE -- Despite low numbers in the initial sign-up period, the city has reached the threshold of 20 percent participation established to go ahead with a green waste recycling service.
As part of an "opt-in" approach, mailers were sent to residents explaining the service and cost along with a card to send back indicating acceptance. The initial response was slightly lower than the approximately 760 residents needed to retain the previously established price of $5.50 per month.
The city council voted to continue with the service, optimistic that more residents would participate although alternatives were suggested, like pick-up every other week or picking up along only one side of the street to save money and float the service until the threshold was reached.
Within a few weeks though, enough residents had enrolled and the green waste recycling plan was begun.
Finance Director Blaine Lutz pointed out that residents who have an extra garbage can pay $8.50 per month for an additional space that is often filled with green waste during the summer. The green waste recycling can could replace the additional can and save those residents $3 a month, he said.
Beneficial impact of the green waste recycling program goes beyond individual residents. Lutz explained the green waste -- grass clippings, weeds, shrub trimmings, leaves, cut-to-fit branches, and other plant and vegetable materials -- is biodegradable and in addition to taking up space in the county landfill, produces methane if dumped there.
Recycling the green waste will remove much of the high-moisture material out of normal waste circulation, significantly improve the efficiency of the burn plant and offer a product in return in the way of mulch, Lutz said.
"The real long term benefit is that it will help make Wasatch (Integrated Waste Management District) more efficient," Lutz said. "They've been really pushing for this service from the beginning, and people that sign up will also have the opportunity to one time, get a load of mulch at no cost."
The $5.50 monthly cost includes the cans which will be initially provided by the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District. Pick-up and delivery to the plant will be administered by ACE Disposal.
During winter, residents will be allowed to use the green recycling cans as an extra can for regular waste removal, Lutz explained, and delivery of the cans and pick-up service is expected to begin sometime in August.