The Commerce City Council achieved one of Mayor Clark Hill’s goals Monday night. The council approved a garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro that includes biweekly curbside recycling at the same rate Commerce residents currently pay for garbage pickup alone.
Hill was largely responsible for getting the recycling bin located on Waterworks Road, and ever since he was elected mayor, he’s been a proponent of getting curbside recycling.
Hill clarified what citizens get for the $14.65-per-month garbage fee.
“Garbage is not meant to be a profit center,” Hill said. “The price covers garbage collection, operating the mulch yard, operating the brush truck and the salary of the driver, as well as the spring cleanup where the city collects household furniture and other stuff. The amount the customer pays covers all four of those items, not just items placed at the curb.”
Mayor pro tem Keith Burchett also addressed the cost.
“One of the reasons we decided to go with recycling at this time was that we can do it at the same price they had been paying for garbage pickup,” he said.
Burchett also noted that participation in recycling is “strictly voluntary.”
After the meeting, Hill said that recycling is the “most requested service” on the feedback section of the city’s website.
For the full story, see the Feb. 19 issue of The Commerce News.