New recycling program on Kenilworth horizon
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:40AM
Starting in January, Kenilworth residents will have a new way to deal with recyclable trash, moving from paper bags to 95 gallon recycling carts.
Officials hope the move to the carts, and to new recycling vendor Republic, will hike Kenilworth’s recycling rate from its current four percent to the 20 to 30 percent of neighboring communities.
With that hope in mind, the village is also cutting regular garbage collection by Perrin Trucking Company from twice a week to once weekly. Perrin will continue as the village’s waste hauler, while Republic will pick up recyclable goods once every two weeks, management analyst Amanda Gettes said Monday.
“The hope is that people will have less garbage (to put out) because they can recycle more,” she said.
Kenilworth’s garbage and recycling program costs $54 a month per household. Although the new recycling program will actually cost $12.25 per household, residents will only see a $5 jump in their monthly fee, to $59, because of the drop in garbage pickups.
Residents who want their garbage picked up twice a week can pay a further $16 per month to retain twice-weekly garbage pickup.
Kenilworth will deliver the carts to residents in the first week of January. It also will develop and disseminate the recycling schedule to residents, and put it up on the village website, Gettes said
The village’s existing recycling program requires residents to come to village hall to pick up brown paper recycling bags, which they put out with their regular garbage. That procedure has been in place for at least the past seven years, Gettes said.
Kenilworth moved to the new program after Perrin Trucking indicated it wanted to get out of providing the recycling service, she said. ~.