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February 1, 2013

City headed toward its own recycling program

Somerset —  

The county’s recent foray into providing a recycling pick-up service is inspiring anther entity to pursue a “green” path.
Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler announced during this week’s city council meeting that the city was in talks to provide city garbage pick-up customers with recycling bins. 
“I think we’re trying to get something together on it,” said Councilor Jim Mitchell on Friday.
Mitchell was approached by several constituents after Pulaski County government revealed it had secured a contract with Waste Connections that included recyclables pick-up. 
“They asked ‘If they’re doing it, why can we not do this?’” Mitchell said. 
That contract, the result of an extended effort and many negotiations on the part of the county’s 109 board, appears to be the first recycling contract in the state for a whole county. 
“Gerald Hines (Pulaski County Solid Waste Coordinator) has done a really good job with that,” said Councilor Tom Eastham during Monday’s meeting. 
County garbage pick-up customers now have 96-gallon containers to place beside their regular garbage cans once a month.
The city is hoping to provide a similar service, but Girdler said they’re looking at providing smaller, more manageable containers considering the many apartment buildings in the city limits. 
“What we’re thinking about doing is going with ... two small containers,” Girdler said. 
Mitchell said the city will be talking with Waste Connections and to Hines about the recycling service.
“The sooner we can get this, the better,” said Mitchell. “We’re going to stay on it.”
In other news from Monday’s Somerset City Council meeting, Councilor Pat Bourne asked whether the city was on-schedule to close the Columbia Street railroad crossing — a spot that has been labeled one of the most dangerous on Norfolk Southern Railroad’s system.

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