Bi-weekly recycling pickups will be retained but officials need more data before deciding about opening a second yard waste drop-off site, the Muskego Common Council decided. It approved a refuse and recycling collection contract with Veolia Environmental Services Tuesday night.
Veolia is the current disposal provider and was the low bidder out of three bids received for 2010 to 2014. The contract is for $836,517 annually. It includes provisions for cost of living increases and for fuel surcharges, if needed. Both are becoming common practice, city engineer David Simpson said.
City officials had inquired whether going to one recycling pickup would reduce costs. But Veolia officials said it would not. That is because the workers were already on staff and the equipment is ready, Alderwoman Tracy Snead, chairwoman of the Public Works Committee, said. Veolia also did not want to encourage residents to throw recyclables away because they run out of room in their recycling containers, she said. The company makes money on recycling, Simpson said.
The committee also recommended that the city try to judge public support for adding a second yard waste drop off site that is more convenient to southern Muskego. The cost of adding a site would be $15,362. The current site is on College Court just south of College Avenue.
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