By Nick McCrea, of the Bangor Daily News
“Single stream expanded recycling will start on July 1 2014. It’s great for the environment and the contract will also save Bangor close to 70k per year.” – Joe Baldacci
Part of the article in the BDN:
Starting July 1, 2014, residents will be able to recycle more items and it will cost the city less money, according to city officials.
The City Council approved during its Monday night meeting a five-year contract that will privatize recycling in the city, allowing Pine Tree Waste to take on the task at a significantly lower cost than what the city had been spending.
The city will pay Pine Tree $111,500 plus fuel expenses in the first year, beginning July 1. The full amount of the five-year contract is about $578,000.
Pine Tree handles recycling for many surrounding communities, including Brewer, Orono, Holden and Orrington.
Bangor, which now uses its own public works crews to collect, transport and sort recycling in the city, had been spending about $250,000 per year on its recycling service, according to Wardwell.
Pine Tree will pick up recyclables every other week, a proposal councilors favored because it means fewer trips for the trucks, resulting in lower costs and reduced carbon emissions.
City Councilor Josh Plourde said he was “very excited to see this service come to Bangor,” as it will improve recycling services, benefit the environment and save the city money.
Orono switched to Pine Tree’s single-stream program in July of this year and has seen its recycling rate double, according to Jim Dunning, assistant general manager of the company.
The city plans to launch a public outreach effort in the months leading up to the July switch, letting residents know what, when and how they can recycle. That will be done through fliers, mailings and perhaps TV and radio spots, Wardwell said.
In other business, the City Council voted to take possession of a home at 324 Union St. in Bangor. The property had matured tax liens against it and was severely damaged in a fire earlier this month. The building had been vacant for some time leading up to the fire.
The city likely will repair the building to bring it up to code before selling it on the market.
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