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October 19, 2021
City of Trenton Officials Approve Plan to Bring Curbside Recycling to Community
Trenton, MI- During Monday night’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Trenton Mayor Steven Rzeppa and the Trenton City Council unanimously approved a plan to start an in-house, citywide curbside recycling program.
The elected officials approved the framework of a plan that was laid out during a September study session by Acting City Administrator Dean Creech. It includes the purchase of a truck and appropriate recycling carts to match the city’s current trash and yard waste carts, the planned hiring of an additional DPS worker, an extensive advertising and public awareness campaign, and a small monthly fee structure with reduced rates for seniors.
By authorizing these purchases and programming framework now, the Mayor and Council expect the program to kick off for residents in July 2022 as the delivery time for trucks and carts is roughly eight months.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to make this a reality for Trenton,” said Mayor Steven Rzeppa. “We’ve been talking about this issue since before I was elected to City Council the first time. It’s been long overdue for our residents, and really is a baseline type of service that people expect in their community. I’m proud that we are finally going to make this happen, and in particular that we were able to do it with our own City workers rather than having to outsource any services.”
According to Creech, providing this service on a bi-weekly basis will increase the city’s recycling tonnage by nine-fold. To ensure the program’s sustainability, the service will be provided at a cost of $5.50 per month assessed on water bills, with the charge for seniors being $3. This cost is less than half of what some surrounding communities charge their residents.
“This is really a big day for our city,” added Rzeppa. “We’ve worked really hard on this, and it’s something our residents deserve. It’s just another reason why Trenton is such a great place to live.”
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