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Proposed Recycling Plan for Peoria

October 10, 2009

At the October 13 Peoria City Council Meeting, Public Works will recommend a new waste hauling contract that will include curbside recycling for residents, along with recycling for stacked condos and city buildings.

There’s no doubt that that the new recycling component for condos and city buildings is very exciting! They will both get bi-weekly pick up of the following items:

  • Paper including newspaper, junk mail, magazines, telephone books, computer paper, writing paper, paperboard boxes, and flattened cardboard boxes
  • Rigid plastic containers including #1, #2, #3, #4 (not plastic bags though), #5 and #7 plastics
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans and foil trays
  • Steel cans, including empty aerosols

There is some debate surrounding the residential recycling component that is part of the Alternate Proposal submitted by Peoria Disposal Company.  An overview is listed below. Click here to view the full recommendation from City Staff. Make up your own mind and be sure to let Mayor Ardis and your City Council person know what you think by Oct 13. If you can attend the city council meeting, even better.

  • The program is “free” for all Peoria residents (paid by tax dollars).
  • To participate, residents must sign up and pay a $50 refundable deposit for a 96-gallon recycling cart.
  • Pickup will be once a month.
  • Your pick up day will be on a Friday determined based on the day of your current garbage/landscape waste pick up (those will still be unlimited with free garbage and landscape pick up every week).
  • You can only recycle as much as will fit in your 96-gallon recycling cart. Or you can pay and extra $50 deposit for another cart.
  • Items to be picked up will be the same as those listed above.

You will also have the opportunity to learn more about recycling at the Myth Busters panel discussion on October 14 at 7pm. Both of the waste hauling contract bidders have confirmed their attendance.

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