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City of Reno Postpones Recycling Agreement

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A new franchise agreement between the city of Reno and Waste Management could make recycling much easier and keep rates close to what they are right now.

But after listening to the concerns of some small businesses, the city council postponed their decision on the franchise agreement.

The goal is to improve recycling but minimize job loss.

A new agreement means residential recycling could go up by 85%.

That equals about 50 million fewer pounds of garbage going to the landfills and the creation of 15 more permanent jobs.

With the single stream system residents would get 96-gallon bins for recycling, increasing their bills by 61 cents a month. It also means you can recycle almost all types of plastic, aluminum, tin, cardboard, paper, and glass.

Another option is getting a smaller 35-gallon garbage bin and save 44 cents per month.

"We've worked with city staff and the city officials to really kind of come to an agreement on a program that's the best fit for the community, that really is getting the most material out of the landfill, but also really has the lease impact on everybody's pocketbooks," Waste Management Public Affairs Manager Justin Caporusso said.

The new agreement would mean Waste Management and Castaway Trash and Hauling would have the garbage and recycling rights in Reno.

But many smaller hauling companies say the franchise will put them out of business and competition will be eliminated.

"Right now, I have 187 customers that use me because they don't want to use Waste Management," Rick Lake of Green Solutions Recycling said. "They want to support the local economy and if the franchise agreement goes through, then they will be forced to use Waste Management."

The city has been working on a new contract for the last five years, trying to get a new recycling program, while keeping multiple haulers from going in and out of some neighborhoods.

Jason Geddes is the Environmental Science Administrator for the City of Reno.

He says the trick is finding something that works for everybody.

"They can actually pay less than they're paying now and get the benefits of recycling and not having recyclables blowing around the neighborhood," Geddes said. "So, that benefit is definitely there for them but we need to make sure the small businesses who are seeing the excluded waste now have business opportunities going forward."

The Reno City Council hopes to come to a decision on October 24.

If approved, a new fueling facility will be built and new trucks and containers would be purchased and be operational by late spring or summer of 2013.

Written by Paul Nelson
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