Would you like recycling to be collected every week, even with an increase of approximately $2.50 a month? What are your thoughts?
Currently Pleasant Prairie collects recycling every other week and supplies residents with recycling containers. When the current recycling program of comingled recyclables was introduced 12 years ago, there was an increase in the recycling effort. There has been a decline in recycling and the current rate is now at 23%. There may be a couple reasons for this decline. One factor may be that residents run out of room in their bins. When this happens recyclables are placed into the regular trash intended for the landfill. Residents can request a second recycling container from the Village at no additional cost, but space to store additional trash and recycling containers may be an issue. Another factor is that residents may not be aware of the types of materials that can be recycled, therefore the Village is making efforts to raise awareness of what items are recyclable and the best way to dispose of them through social media, the newsletter, and in other materials. Some residents may not understand the benefits of recycling and may choose not to participate. Aside from recycling being good for the environment, it is also fiscally responsible for the Village. If there is an increase in the amount of recycling within the Village, the long-term benefit will come from decreased garbage in the landfill and an increase of income for the Village in recycled materials.
A couple figures that need to be considered are that in 2016 there was 6812 tons of waste generated by the Village, and the tipping fees to dispose of this waste cost the Village $303,821, which is based on the actual tipping fee of $44.60 per ton. The Village recycled 2058 tons of materials. All of the junk mail, cardboard, plastic, and other items that could be recycled but were put in regular trash receptacles really can add up. There is room to grow and keep more waste out of the landfills. Once a week recycling will also result is less waste for residents to store from week to week on their property.
The Village is aware that this would be a community wide effort that affects all of its residents, especially since there will be a proposed increase (approximately $2.50 a month) in order to provide additional recycling services. For this reason the Village Board and staff are interested in your opinion on the subject. Please let us know how you feel about this proposed change.