Kannapolis will begin curbside recycling July 1, when residents will begin paying a $3.20 monthly user fee on their water-sewer or stormwater bills to cover the new service.
The city's waste hauler will collect recyclables every other week on the same day as garbage pickup. The fee isn't optional; residents must pay the $3.20 even if they choose not to recycle, city officials said. Collection will be "single-stream," meaning various types of recyclable materials can be placed in the same container. Each homeowner will receive a 96-gallon roll-out container for recyclables before service begins.
Waste Management, the city's waste hauler, was awarded a new five-year contract recently to collect household trash, bulk items, yard waste and recyclables. The company will deliver the recyclables to Sonoco Recycling, 3901 Barringer Drive, Charlotte.
City officials said they're beginning curbside recycling, in part, based on a 2008 survey that showed more than 75percent of Kannapolis residents wanted the service.
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Also, the state has banned plastic containers, aluminum cans and other recyclables from landfills, so Kannapolis City Council members needed to provide a way for residents to easily comply with the new laws, they said.
Kannapolis is one of several local communities with recent announcements on residential recycling.
Last month, the Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted to charge a solid-waste fee of $3 a month to help pay for its first curbside recycling and existing solid-waste services such as collection of yard debris.
Mooresville expects about 60percent of residents to participate in curbside recycling, based on surveys, but as in Kannapolis, everyone must pay the fee.
In Concord, residents will receive 96-gallon recycling carts so they can put recyclable materials in it and roll it out to the street, to be collected every two weeks beginning July 5.
Concord also expects to save about $1.7million in collection costs when it switches July 5 to fully automated trucks with mechanical arms. The trucks will be used for weekly garbage pickup with the existing roll-out garbage carts and for the every-other-week recycling using the new 96-gallon carts, instead of rectangular bins.
Residents won't be charged any fees for the changes, said Allen Scott, Concord's solid waste and recycling director. Residents will continue to pay for the services through their property taxes, he said.
The city is saving money in part because it put the services out for bid, and the bids came in lower than what the city has been paying, Scott said.
Automated trucks need only one worker - the driver - so the city won't need as many workers on routes, Scott said. That also means fewer potential worker's compensation claims, he said.
For more details about Kannapolis' recycling program, visit www.cityofkannapolis.com/dept_pw_forms_documents.asp.