Hopewell to start recycling
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 14, 2014, 13:13
HOPEWELL — Beginning July 1, residents in Hopewell will now have access to a curbside recycling program. The new service also comes at no additional cost for the city or for residents of the city.
Kim Hynes, executive director for Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, made the announcement of the new program at the council meeting Tuesday evening, saying “this is a pretty exciting endeavor.”
The current contract the city had with Allied Waste is scheduled to end on June 30. Hynes told council CVWMA sent out request for proposals and chose two new companies, County Waste for the recycling program and Container First Services for the new trash collection service provider. CVWMA entered into five-year contracts with both companies.
With the start of the new services, residents will also see a change in trash collection days. Trash will be now be collected on Mondays, which is a change for many residents. Businesses will also be collected on Mondays. The downtown area will be collected on Thursdays and the litter baskets will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays.
Hynes said the current trash carts will remain as the company still has a large inventory. Once the inventory depletes, Hynes said new carts will be issued to residents, which will have a blue and gold color scheme. She said those should be out in the community six months to a year into the new contract.
Residents can purchase additional carts at $58 each.
Recycling will be collected on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesdays. A schedule will be sent out to residents to indicate whether their recycling will be collected on what has been designated a “blue” or “red” Wednesday.
Each resident who chooses to participate in the recycling program will be issued a 96-gallon cart at no cost. On the yellow lid of the cart, there will be guidelines and information printed that indicates what is recyclable and what is not. Also attached to the lid will be a schedule of collection.
Residents will begin receiving the new recycling carts beginning the week of June 18, according to a press release from CVWMA.
“It’s an increased service at no increased cost,” said City Manager Mark Haley said at the meeting when a few councilor expressed concern over potential costs to residents.
Hynes said the cost savings from the trash collection services allowed CVWMA to add the recycling services.
“Recycling is an important step towards making the City a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit,” said Tommy Meadows, chairman of Keep Hopewell Beautiful, in the press release.
The city, along with CVWMA, will also conduct research into the recycling program for multifamily developments as it could incur an additional cost to the city.
In the coming months, residents will be sent a calendar to remind of collection days for trash and for recycling. Postcards will also be mailed out in June to residents who will be changing trash collection days.
Residents can also sign up for email reminders through www.cvwma.com. An email will be sent two days before recycling collection to remind residents to place the carts out to be collected.