Curbside recycling will soon be available in Melfort.
City council unveiled plans to deliver a blue bin for recyclables to every home as early as April during their meeting Monday night. Currently, residents that choose to recycle must take their recyclable materials to depots around the city. Plus Industries currently oversees the recycling program, and Mayor Rick Lang said the two organizations will continue to work together.
“Curbside recycling will increase the amount of recyclable materials and Plus Industries will still have a hand in their end of recycling," he said. "It will be a win-win situation for everybody."
The service fee will be added to each resident’s utility bill at a cost of $3.05 per month. Residents must participate, and the city said there’s no option to opt-out. The blue bins and garbage will be picked up on alternate weeks. There was no mention of how the new service will be delivered to apartment buildings or multi-family dwellings.
Lang said residents have expressed interest in curbside recycling, but that wasn’t the biggest reason for the change.
“What finalized the decision in this case is extending the life of our landfill,” Lang said.
The city is undergoing an assessment of the landfill this year. Lang and city manager Michael Hotsko met with the Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association conference last week to discuss several minor issues at the site.
The city will begin educating the public about the recycling program in the coming weeks.
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