The City of Barberton will see a cheaper recycling and waste program come March when Republic Waste Services begins its five-year contract with the city.
Council members voted Monday night to change the current refuse collection and disposal program ordinance to fit Republic’s services, including cost and method of collection.
“We think it’ll be a good program,” said council member John Wagner. “It’s just something people will have to get acclimated to.”
Residents will pay $16.25 per month rather than $17.38, and residents participating in the Barberton Residential Services Relief Program are eligible to pay $13 instead of $14.12.
Kicking off March 4, curbside collections will occur during a three-day period: wards five and six on Mondays, wards one and four on Tuesdays and wards two and three on Wednesdays.
Barberton homes will also receive a new Republic Waste Services 96-gallon trash cart and 64-gallon recycle cart to be toted to the curb for collection. Any other items are not allowed to be placed out for pick-up unless a permit has been purchased from Republic or the city.
The new recycling program also means no more separating. The curbside recycling is single stream, meaning all recyclables can be mixed together in the 64-gallon green recycle cart.
Residents will receive the green recycling carts first, delivered starting the last few weeks in February. The blue waste collections carts will not be delivered until the last week in May.
They city’s current trash collection company is Waste Management, which has experienced problems in the city.
“People took advantage of Waste Management, unloading their trash on other peoples’ curbs,” said council member Craig Megyes.
Waste Management would then have to bring in trucks from Youngstown, Wooster, Cleveland and other cities, Service Director Elwood Palmer explained. The drivers didn’t know the city and would miss entire streets.
“This way, if they miss something on Monday, they can get it on Tuesday,” Palmer said.
For information on the program, call 330-848-6719 or email email@example.com.