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Soon, Streetsboro residents will have their recycling collected under a new contract.
Bids have been submitted, and Portage County Solid Waste Management and Kimble Recycling and Disposal plan to submit fresh bids by July 10, which will include fees for four, five and six years and container sizes of 18 gallons, 65 gallons and 95 gallons, according to Mayor Glenn Broska.
Eighteen-gallon bins were not part of the original bid, but both Broska and council wanted to include them in the new bid.
"I understand completely that some of the senior citizens and people who live in condos wouldn't need a 65-gallon bin," said Broska.
Several residents told council at its June 26 meeting that smaller bins are needed in some neighborhoods.
Kensington Lane resident Christine Kelly said large bins would not work in the Greentree development off Frost Road.
"Greentree doesn't allow people to have their cans outside in front of their homes," she said. "It's very disturbing that you're not looking out for the elderly and for people in small houses."
Broska said the city actually pays for recycling service to all residents age 60 and up, which includes about 1,700 people.
Councilman John Ruediger said he believes the community could save more by going with Portage County Waste Management, based on the earlier bids.
"I believe that if we went with Portage County Recycling, the city would save, over the life of the contract, $136,000," he said, adding residents would save about $95,000 under the Kimble contract.
According to the bids submitted, Kimble's weekly standard rate would be $3.60 a week for single-family homes over four years. Over the same term, Portage County's weekly standard service would cost $4.96 a week.
Ruediger said the mayor didn't weight the number of multi-family homes as heavily as he should have in determining the effect on the community. According to a document he posted on Facebook, the cost for multi-family weekly pick-up of small containers is $61 for Kimble and $50 for Portage County.
Broska said he's against a six-year contract because the city's trash hauling contract expires in four years. At that point, he said he'd like to move to a single-hauler of both trash and recyclables.
"All of the major haulers in the area offer not only trash pick-up, but they offer recycling pick-up, too," he said.