Automated Recycling to Launch in 2013

Republic Services will begin delivery of wheeled 65 gallon recycling carts to residents within the next four to six months as the City of Arlington converts to an automated recycling program. The plan was approved at the August 7th city council meeting.  Based on survey results from residents who participated in the pilot program, the city council voted 6 to 3 to approve the program.

Residents will each receive one 65-gallon cart with wheels and a lid, to increase recycling capacity.  The switch from bins to carts will also allow for  easier maneuverability and decrease litter on windy days.

As part of this transition, Republic Services will switch to CNG collection vehicles, but all other aspects of recycling services will remain unchanged. Residents won’t see any additional charges on their utility bills until the new carts are delivered.

Residents with additional questions may call 817-459-6778 for assistance.

3 thoughts on “Automated Recycling to Launch in 2013”

  1. Perhaps the elusive $ .05 per month per household you are concerned about is PROFIT for the private, “for profit” company collecting trash on behalf of the City? It is my understanding of basic economics that most business exist to try and make a profit. The small extra monthly recycling fee to increase the amount of waste recycled is good for the environment, and prolongs the life of the landfill which saves all of us money. Bottom line is, everything costs..there is no free lunch. As costs of doing business go up in our society, obviously the cost to the consumer also rise (back to the “for profit” idea). I am excited about the larger carts…no more lugging multiple bins to the curb and hopefully a lot less trash laying around after the truck comes through. Not to mention cleaner emissions from the trucks . According to my calculations we will pay approximately $.027 per day for cleaner air, increased reycling and a major cost savings by prolonging the useful life of our very expensive landfill…seems like a good deal to me.

  2. I have pros and cons about the new wheeled recycling cart. It’s good that it will have a lid for those windy and rainy days, but for those who have smaller homes do not have room to store the cart.

  3. During the August 7 work session on the recycling program, Mr. Melton goes through the numbers ($.83 recycling, $.04 franchise fee, $.07 sales tax, = total $.94/month/household). Then about 1:32:42 into the replay he breakdown what was used [to determine the $.83].

    $4.6 million for carts
    $3.7 million for trucks
    $0.4 million for Arlington’s recycling portion of the $1.8 million CNG fueling station.

    That total is $8.7 million.

    $8.7 million / 93,000 households (based on statements from the June 26 work session) / 120 monthly payments in 10 years works out to a number that rounds up to $.78/month. Yet, we are to be charged $.83/month.

    So what the council approved was for the citizens to pay to cover all these capital cost over ten years, plus another almost $0.6 million ($.05/household/month), plus the rate will be subject to all the possible annual increase rates, plus no guarantee to stop in ten years, if the extension is agreed upon, we will paying these addition amounts for another 5 years, even though we have already covered the costs. In addition to all this, Republic has to give no kind of reduction/credit to the citizens for the current used trucks that will be going back into the Republic system (like trading in the used car when buying a new one). And in addition to all that, the citizens are to receive no credit/reduction for the employee savings, even though the citizens are covering the ALL the capital costs and then some.

    All six council people that voted for this change, refuse to respond to the evaluation of this deal, or defend their vote.

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