One option in a contract extension proposal for refuse collection in Lake Township includes switching the recycling component to every other week and using wheeled carts instead of the smaller bins used now.
John Minear, of Waste Management, presented the contract proposal to township trustees Tuesday.
Under another option, the current collection service would be extended for one year at the same price.
Minear acknowledged he was “pro carts,” saying bins are prone to spilling their contents on windy days and are more likely to be picked over by scavengers.
When the City of Oregon switched to a recycling collection system with carts the participation rate among residents increased from 65 percent to 95 percent before settling around 87 percent, he told the trustees.
“When offered a cart program, more people start recycling,” he said.
Under a new recycling program, the township would be split into two sections and collection would be every other week but collection dates would remain unchanged.
Minear said the switch would likely occur in March.
Residents who prefer to use bins would be allowed to keep them but the recycling collection would be every other week under the proposed contract.
Minear told the trustees the wheeled carts cost Waste Management more money than the bins but the additional costs would not be passed on to the township.
The trustees took no action on the proposal but indicated they may make a decision at their next meeting.
They could also vote to open the township’s collection service for next year to the contract bidding process.
Grave buy-back policy questioned
The township’s policy of buying back unused graves at the township cemetery came under scrutiny when a resolution to repurchase two graves that were sold in 1957 was discussed by the trustees.
The resolution called for buying the graves for a total $16.67 – equal to the original sale price.
The trustees questioned the fairness of the low price to the seller, who lives in Florida.
Gary Schulte, township sexton, said he explained to the seller the township’s policy, which is to buy back graves at the original sale price. He said the woman indicated she wasn’t concerned about the money and didn’t want the graves to go unused.
The current cost of a grave for township residents is $300.
The trustees approved the resolution to purchase the graves.