New recycling process to begin next week

By Nicole Cooke -

Public Works Director Brenda Ardrey presented at a previous Sedalia City Council work session that the city’s partnership for recycling with the Cooperative Workshop Inc. would end June 30, but citizens will see changes a little sooner.

Council’s docket was full Monday night, with three presentations during the work session, including part two of the proposed economic development incentive policy from Joe Lauber of Lauber Municipal Law and a proposed Sedalia Community Center from Parks and Recreation Director Mark Hewett. The final presentation came from Ardrey with a follow-up about recycling and sanitation services.

Starting Monday, the recycling drop-off sites at the Thompson Hills Shopping Center and at Ninth Street and Massachusetts Avenue will switch from separate containers for each type of material to just two containers. One container will be for glass, while the other will be for all other types of allowed recyclable material, otherwise known as single-stream recycling.

According to a City of Sedalia news release, one single-stream container will be used for all plastics, aluminum, tin, and paper, including cardboard, newspaper and magazines. Materials not accepted for recycling include Styrofoam, plastic wrap, thin plastic bags such as those used by grocery stores, diapers, liquids, medical waste, and organic food products.

Ardrey noted that recycling drop-off will continue uninterrupted, the process will just change. The city will also begin working with Ripple Glass of Kansas City to transport recycled glass to their facility at no cost to the city.

Ardrey also noted that Waste Corp (WCA) will continue to provide the drop-off containers only if citizens can cut down on contamination, such as including food, trash or other un-allowed items in the recycling containers.

“The one caveat here, Waste Corp says if we can’t get people to know how to separate those contaminants, they’re only willing to work with us at the two drop-off sites for 45 days because we can’t afford to put people at each of those drop-off sites to help people sort their recyclables,” Ardrey said. “So there’s going to be some education involved. We sent our first PSA out (Monday) talking about this and there will be more to follow.”

A third recycling drop-off site will be added in the same single-stream format at the city’s new Materials Management Site at 27882 state Route U, the location of the city’s compost facility. Relocation of the recycling center will allow for drop-off of not only recyclable materials but also yard waste and, by appointment, household hazardous waste. The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, excluding city holidays.

There are no contracts or decisions made at this time, but Ardrey said she is continuing to pursue options for recycling electronic waste, textiles and shoes, and scrap metal, which would be done in partnership with Advantage Metals in Sedalia.

There will be no changes to picking up recycling containers at local businesses, although Ardrey said she is looking into adding a fee to that service, as it is currently free. She said the city wants to break even on the service, so the cost would most likely be enough to offset the cost of labor to pick up the recycling.

While it’s not a change to current services, one change from Ardrey’s initial recommendations is delaying a pilot study of curbside recycling with 125 carts provided by WCA placed in a test neighborhood.

“Over the last few days we’ve been talking more about other issues that may come up so we probably won’t immediately go into the pilot study, but we’ll delay that until we can do more on the sanitation side,” Ardrey explained.

As for trash pickup, there will only be one change – a fee increase. City Administrator Gary Edwards commented during the meeting that council may notice very few changes as compared with the options Ardrey presented at a previous work session.

“The mayor and Brenda and I have been meeting and we all agreed that everything is going so fast, we wanted to slow this process down, take it step by step. It’s very complex,” Edwards said.

Trash pickup will remain at twice a week, but there will be a $2 per month fee increase. This additional revenue will go into an equipment replacement fund for the Sanitation Department. To keep the fee increase low, Ardrey said the trash truck fleet will be reduced from seven trucks to six.

By Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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