Curbside recycling coming to Basehor in 2011
A cart-based trash pickup system, including curbside recycling service, is coming to Basehor in 2011, but all residents’ monthly waste collection fees will jump by about $4.
The Basehor City Council voted, 4-1, at its meeting this past week to approve a new solid waste collection contract with Deffenbaugh Industries that includes carted trash service and curbside recycling. Council member Iris Dysart opposed the contract.
City finance director Corey Swisher said the city expects the service to begin the first week of February. Single-family residences in the city will receive two plastic carts to set out at the curb: a 95-gallon cart for trash and a 65-gallon cart for recycling.
The recycling system will be “single-stream,” meaning residents do not need to sort between different types of recyclables. Residents can recycle paper, plastic and aluminum items.
Mayor Terry Hill said at the council meeting that, though it’s difficult to gauge the precise opinions of residents, he’d heard a great deal of positive feedback about the possibility of curbside recycling from groups with which he’d met.
“There were a lot of happy faces when we talked about recycling,” Hill said. “It’s really on the minds of people.”
In a 2008 survey of Basehor residents performed by Kansas City Kansas Community College students, about two-thirds of respondents said they would be willing to pay a fee of about $3 per month for curbside recycling.
The cost to residents will be about $2 more per month than it would have been for trash service from Deffenbaugh without recycling. Residents will pay about $14 per month, including a city administrative fee.
Council member Bill Moyer said the issue of recycling was important to his family and he strongly supported the addition of the curbside service.
“I think it’s irresponsible of us to have this ability to go with recycling and not provide this service to our residents,” Moyer said.
Dysart said she opposed the contract because she’d heard negative feedback about curbside recycling and she was concerned that some residents may not have the storage space or the physical strength to handle the large plastic carts.
“There are lots of women my age and size that could not wrestle that thing to the curb and wouldn’t have any need for it,” Dysart said.
City Administrator Mark Loughry said residents could ask for the smaller 65-gallon-sized cart for trash if they didn’t want to use the larger size.
For more information on the requirements of the cart system and the recycling service, click here for a release from the city providing more details.