Yuma City Council approves curbside recycling

Yuma City Council approves curbside recycling

CREATED Jan 17, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Yuma will start providing curbside recycle for single-family homes, possibly as early as May.

The City Council approved the plan to contract with Allied Waste to provide the service on a 6-1 vote Wednesday.

The Yuma Sun reports that Mayor Al Krieger cast the only "no" vote after unsuccessfully trying to submit the matter to a public vote.

Krieger says he's concerned that the recycling program could eventually add costs for taxpayers and that he's heard complaints about service reductions.

Under the recycling plan, regular trash would be picked up once a week and the other regular pickup day would be for recyclables.

City field operations director Joel Olea  estimates the city could save $144,000 annually by reduced landfill costs and revenue from sale of recycled materials.

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