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City Looks to Issue Curbside Recycling Containers to Residents

As part of the 2013 budget discussion, city officials are considering a move to distribute 18,000 plastic recycling containers to residents in 2013.

In an effort to streamline waste collection — and save money in the long run — city officials are eyeing a plan to start distributing 18,000 plastic recycling containers to residents in 2013.

Mayor Michael Summers said he hopes to switch the method of garbage collection to recycling through an automated process.

The proposal, which came up as part of the 2013 capital investment budget discussion, would cost the city an estimated $53 for each of the 18,000 containers.

However, Summers said the move could save the city as much as $100,000 per year.

In a nutshell, he said, the city receives money for recycled materials and pays to send stuff to a landfill.

“The whole premise is that we actually shift more from garbage to recycling,” he said. “We can go from 60 percent of residents recycling and take that participation higher — just chuck it in the blue container and take it out. No more messing with the blue bags.

“It’s also appropriate from a sustainability standpoint.”

Summers called the execution of the proposal “a big challenge because we don’t have the curb space.” 

“How we work around that remains to be seen,” he said, adding that the change would be spread out over three years to adjust for any difficulties.

Possible solutions include banning street parking on days of pick-up or having different days for recycling and garbage pick-up.

“There’s a lot to work on there,” he said. “Whether we could pull it off remains to be seen.”

This wouldn’t be the first shake-up in the city’s department of refuse and recycling. A few years back, during the Ed FitzGerald administration, the city ended backyard garbage pickup, requiring residents to haul their waste to the tree lawn.

“We have several retirements coming in refuse, so if we’re going to do it, now is the time,” Summers said.

City council is expected to weigh the issue — as well as other budget items — at its Dec. 17 meeting.

Kelly December 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Great idea! Lakewood needs recycling bins!
Jenni Westphal Lizanich December 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Agreed! We only put our garbage can out once a month with it only half full. However our recycling has at least 4 bags a week. Can't wait to get a bin!
Michael Martini December 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
$53 per container? Bags work fine, save the money and/or spend it on something else.
Harriet Petti December 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Great move and the right direction for cities to take, income from recycling while decreasing both the cost and the amount going to Landfill. I am proud to live in a progressive city like Lakewood.
Missy Toms December 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
This is wonderful news. I definitely think it will encourage people to recycle more because it makes it so easy, AND we will reduce the number of plastic bags.
DLSJR December 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I hope that my small commercial apartment building will continue to be able to have the city pick up our recyclables. When the city changed to the automated system, I was forced to pay $100 a month for a private company to pick up our trash. I have 7 tenants in a 7 unit building and I'm sure there are plenty of residential properties where more residents than I in Lakewood. Plus I pay more in taxes than the same value residential property. Also my taxes did not decrease due to the lost of city service.
Alex Vandehoff December 05, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Any word on if paper is going to be included, or will the bins be restricted to the same streams that go in the blue bags now? (I'm assuming it's the latter)
Carol December 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
This may seem like progress, but in the end it will end up being a headache for everyone, mostly the residents. Beyond the issue of parking, we will now have to find space in our postage stamp sized back yards for two large cans instead of one. Not only that, for the one or two bags most people generate in one week, I don't think it necessitates the huge containers that will be given out. And, what about the elderly? While my mother is young enough that she doesn't have to ask the city to pick up her trash in the back yard (as they do for some residents that are house-bound), she is old enough and has other issues that will make it a huge hassle for her to be dragging two containers to the curb. This has disaster written all over it.
M-F Schreiber December 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
What a stupendous idea! Look forward to the end of the blue bags. Maybe we can do away with the traffic jams caused by the moveable carts unloading into the trucks. For business, install commercial recycling bins along with trash bins. Keep those juices flowing into reducing costs for Lakewood!
Dan DeFabbo December 05, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I put my garbage can out for pickup on the side of the street that cars are parked. I watch the garbage truck operator reach for the garbage cans skilfully without damaging the parked cars. I think it would be quicker, more economical and cost savings to have cars parked on one side of the street and garbage pickup on the opposite side of the strecuret. I am 65 years old, I can wheel my garbage can to my curb, I can just as easily wheel it across the road to the curb on the opposite side of the street with no cars parked for pickup.
Dave December 05, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Paper is already included in the bluebag curbside recycling program. http://www.onelakewood.com/PublicWorks/Refuse_Recycling/RecyclingGuidelines.aspx
Colin McEwen December 06, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Public works director Joe Beno let me know — for additional clarity — that the city would only implement a third of the project at a time.
patrick guzik December 06, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Lakewood is a horrible place to live in police are criminals racist along with court system what a shame they need to clean up new judge new police chief
Megan Millisor December 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I don't feel like your comment is A) valid and/or B) relevant. I have lived in horrible places... like the hispanic immigrant ghetto I lived in for a year in Northern California (not being hispanic myself made it even harder to live there) or the apartment complex that housed not one, but two meth labs at one point (nothing like wondering if you would come home one day to find the whole place blown to pieces). Lakewood is a beautiful and welcoming community. It is a city of friendship and diversity. Sure it isn't as "nice" as Rocky River or Bay Village, but it is also accepting of differences and open to change. Nor is it as "whitewashed" as those communities. The police I have dealt with in Lakewood are very courteous and understanding. The schools may not be perfect, but they aim to be better every year. I have lived in 6 other states and one Caribbean island and Lakewood will always feel more like home than any other place. All in all it is a changing and interesting community. If someone doesn't like Lakewood, I have good news for them... No one is making you visit or live in Lakewood. There are lots of other places to live in the area that may suit your needs better. With that said, I am really looking forward to bins for recycling. I had a similar system when I lived in California and we hardly had any actual trash to throw out because we were able to easily recycle so much more.
Sonny Yereb December 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
LOL, Take a look on your street to see who recycles? I live on Winchester and I bet 1/3 recycle. They don't check to see who recycles or not. I spoke to The Mayor's office a year ago. They told me it's up to the driver to issue warnings? You think the driver is going to get out of his truck for 2/3 of the people just on one street? Hell, I set out my recyclables and people drive by and steal the pop cans out of the bag! Lakewood needs to fine tune their program before they start throwing my money(taxes) out the window!
patrick guzik December 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I got arrested for being white
kathy Curran December 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
what ever happened to the recycling containers we used to have? and i for one would like containers instead of the blue bags (that end up all over when the weather is windy)
kathy Curran December 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
what does this comment have to do with recycling?
kathy Curran December 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM
again, how is this related to the thread of recycling....
E F December 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
You don't have to live here.
Emily Lindberg December 07, 2012 at 01:06 AM
agreed. those bags make such a mess! also, if the bins are going to be the same as the trash cans except a different color, they will be pretty big. that's a good thing. just like your trash, you don't HAVE to take it out to the curb every week if it's not full, but unlike your trash it wont get overly stinky/gross. i don't know about you, but our house generates more recycling than trash and it's an issue of where to keep it in our small kitchen during the week. being able to put it out in a bin would be great!
patrick guzik December 07, 2012 at 04:08 AM
police the court system will set you up even if you never done anything and thats a fact recycled = change in community

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