PORTAGE | Nearly everything is in place for the city's switch in the way it picks up residential trash and recycling except for the ordinance that outlines the rules and regulations.
Mayor James Snyder this week said the 96-gallon totes are on their way to the city and he expects to put the new system in place in early January. The change in the trash/recycling pick-up system has been promoted by Snyder as a way to increase efficiency and save money.
The City Council is expected to take up the proposed ordinance when it holds its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The council's ordinance committee was to review the proposal this past week, but forwarded the ordinance, without review, to the entire council after some members said they had not had sufficient time to review the proposal prior to the committee meeting.
Under the proposed ordinance, each residence that pays for monthly trash collection will receive one tote for garbage and a second for recyclable materials. Residents will be able to pay an additional trash fee of one half the monthly fee to receive a second tote for garbage.
The proposed ordinance also provides that garbage, except for bulk items, shall be placed in plastic bags and then placed in the totes. The lids of the totes must be closed and any trash outside of the tote will be considered bulk.
It also allows for a monthly "large reasonable bulk" item pick up. That would happen the first week of each month. The proposed ordinance outlines what will be picked up during the bulk collection. It also proposes that residents will be required to pay an additional fee for excessive amounts.
Under the proposal, the city is recommending residents do not collect grass clippings, but rather use them as mulch. The ordinance, if adopted, would prohibit grass clippings from being placed in totes. Residents would be required to bring clippings to the street department facility.
The proposed ordinance also calls for the continuation of seasonal leaf and limb pick up as well additional limb collection after a severe storm event.