About 1,600 containers for Lake Township’s residential and commercial recycling program are to be delivered to the township in the first week of March, Ron Sims, a township trustee, reported during Tuesday’s meeting of the board of trustees.
The trustees recently approved a one-year contract extension with Waste Management of Ohio for refuse collection service.
The 96-gallon wheeled containers are to be used for recyclable materials, which the company will pick up every other week, Sims said.
Regular curb-side refuse collection service will be weekly.
Sims said the contract extension freezes the monthly rate of $11.50 per household.
John Minear, of Waste Management, last year told the trustees under a recycling program the township would be split into sections for every-other-week collection but collection dates would be unchanged.
He said 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.
“When offered a cart program, more people start recycling,” he said.
Minear had been scheduled to attend the trustees meeting but had to cancel. The trustees said he’ll be asked to attend the March 5 meeting to discuss contract provisions.
In other business, the trustees approved the purchase of 400 tons of road salt from Detroit Salt. Co. for $16,800, equal to $42 a ton.
Dan McLargin, road supervisor, informed the trustees the township had about 300 tons currently in stock and described this season as a “normal winter,”
Salt last year cost about $58 a ton, he said.