Recycling

A stack of Napoleon’s recyclable bins is seen on pickup day at a residence in the city. Fewer allowed recycling materials in the city’s program is one reason a committee has recommended allowing two garbage bags be allowed for weekly pickup rather than the current one.

City officials may take a look at whether to continue Napoleon’s recycling program while the current contract is coming due.

Council learned Monday Werlor Waste Control, which is the company it has contracted with for recycling services for several years, wants to switch from a one-year extension to a three-year deal.

Napoleon Public Works Director Chad Lulfs said the three-year contract would guarantee no price increase during that time period.

However, Councilman Jeff Comadoll asked if it was time for the city to eliminate the program.

“I think it’s time we get rid of this program,” Comadoll said. “We don’t have the staff.”

He pointed out there have been numerous times recently that personnel from other departments have been pulled from their normal duties to help with garbage and recycling pickup.

Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassel said he would prefer to keep the program going if at all possible.

“You look around and those red recycling bins are everywhere,” Maassel said. “There’s usually paper and plastic and those types of things in there. There is a cost to it, but there’s also a cost to being a leader in recycling. I would rather recycle those things than just take it all out to the landfill.”

“I’m just saying, there’s personnel issues now,” Comadoll said. “You’re bringing people out of other departments. That’s something you guys are going to have to look at at budget time.”

Comadoll’s term is up at the end of the year and he did not seek reelection.

“I talk to workers all the time, you need to go out there and physically talk to these guys to see what’s going on,” Comadoll added.

Comadoll did vote yes on having legislation brought to council to extend the program contract for three years and said he thinks it is a good program.

Council President Joe Bialorucki asked what the impact would be if the city extended the contract three years but decided to eliminate the program before the end of three years.

City Law Director Billy Harmon said a cancellation clause would have to be added if it’s not already in the contract, and that would be something Werlor would also have to agree to add. He also said it likely would lead to a financial penalty to the city.

Council voted unanimously to have Harmon bring it legislation to extend the deal, while also sending the issue to committee for further discussion.

The current deal ends in December.

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I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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