Lakewood is moving forward with plans to issue recycling bins to residents, replacing the blue bags currently used.
The plan was included in the 2013 budget approved Monday.
Chris Perry, unit manager of refuse and recycling in the city, said he hopes the switch will contribute to a “big boost” in recycling.
Mayor Michael Summers does, too. The city has to pay landfill fess, but gets money for recyclables. Summers told Patch in early December that the program would cost the city money up front, but could eventually save Lakewood as much as $100,000 per year.
Summers said the details for the plan still have to be determined. The city needs to do some tests, like seeing how many bins fit on one tree lawn, when the weather improves.
The bins will be passed out to residents over three years, Perry said.
This news is certain to make quite a few Patch readers happy—in our poll, 79 percent of voters were in favor of switching to curbside recycling bins.
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- POLL: Recycling Bins or Blue Bags?