Whether or not the city should implement a city-wide recycling program will be the topic of a Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Hendersonville Public Library.
Mayor Jamie Clary urges anyone interested in learning more about the city’s recycling efforts as well as the possible costs associated with implementing a city-wide recycling program to attend. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The city implemented a pilot recycling program in six Hendersonville neighborhoods in November of 2017 using Republic Services. Green Village Recycling was awarded a contract to extend the program for a few more months in July.
Around 70 percent of the 830 pilot program homes have participated in the every-other-week program, according to data provided by the city. About 230.6 tons – or 461,100 pounds – was collected and diverted from a landfill from November 2017 - June 2018, showing an estimated savings of a little more than $10,000.
The city recently solicited bids for city-wide recycling and received three proposals, according to Interim Public Works Director Marshall Boyd. The proposals included bids for once-a-month and twice-a-month curbside recycling, as well as an opt-in program and drop-off locations.
Boyd said the vendors who bid on the project, Republic Services, Green Village Recycling and Waste Pro, the city’s current waste collector, have been invited to attend the workshop.
“Part of the discussion will be how frequent would residents want recyclables picked up,” said Boyd. “And we’ll also discuss what the cost would be should residents want recycling.”
According to the bids submitted by the three companies, curbside once-a-month recycling would cost the city between $1.4 million and $1.1 million annually. Twice-a-month pick-up would cost the city between $1.9 million and $1.6 million a year.
Neither of the three companies bid on drop-off locations. Green Village Recycling closed its drop-off location on Center Point Road in December, citing cost.
Only one company, Green Village, submitted a bid for a twice-a-month opt-in program where residents would pay the fee themselves depending on how many people sign up for the program.
The city’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee has recommended the city implement a twice-a-month recycling pick-up program.