The City of Winfield will begin single-stream recycling with a pilot program set to begin Monday.
In single-stream recycling, all recyclable materials are placed together into one container. Russ Tomevi, director of public works and engineering for the City of Winfield, said customers can place the material in their current recycling bins. The items will be picked up as usual on Monday with the new truck and taken to the recycling center at Strother Field. Materials will be dumped at the recycling center, then loaded onto another truck and taken to a single-stream recycling facility.
According to Tomevi, the pilot program is being rolled out now because of the recent breakdown of the city’s old recycling truck. The main frame of the truck broke just behind the cab area, and fixing it “would take a considerable amount of time and more money than the truck is worth,” he said
Meanwhile, a single-stream recycling truck city officials ordered earlier this year from the McNeilus Companies in Dodge Center, Minn., arrived two weeks ago, Tomevi said. Although 64-gallon poly carts customers can elect to use have not been ordered, city officials decided to go ahead and begin collecting items in a single-stream manner.
Bids for the new poly carts will be opened at the next city commission meeting. Once ordered, the carts will take six to eight weeks to arrive, said Tomevi.
Use of the new carts will not be mandatory, and customers can continue using their existing bins if they want. For customers who want to use a poly cart, a $20 deposit will be required.
Some advantages of the new carts are that they hold more items and have lids, said Tomevi.
“Customers can set them out, and the paper won’t get wet and have to be left behind,” he said.
The new truck, which cost around $145,000 according to a previous Courier article, was expected to arrive earlier in the year, but Tomevi said it was delayed while waiting for a decision on a new emissions program proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The pilot program will help city officials determine what methods work best when it comes to single-streaming.
“This will allow us to experiment with how we dump things at the recycling center,” said Tomevi.