ARLINGTON - Republic Waste Services is expected to begin delivering new 65-gallon wheeled recycling carts to Arlington's 93,000 households by late May or early June, officials said this week.These carts, which will replace the current 22-gallon open recycling bins, were approved by Arlington City Council last year as part of a revised contract with the garbage and recycling collector. Residents, whether they recycle or not, will also see the refuse rate on their monthly water bill increase from $11.32 plus tax to $12.19 plus tax once the recycling cart program begins.Arlington, which has offered curbside recycling since 1992, is joining a growing list of north Texas cities that have switched to wheeled carts. Recycling pickup would continue to be once a week.Residents still have mixed feelings on the program.Richie Call is among residents who say they look forward to the convenience of a roomier, wheeled cart instead of the open bins that have to be carried to the curb."We've been overflowing our two that we have now for the past few months," Call wrote on the Arlington Citizen-Journal's Facebook page. "It'll be so much easier to roll it out in the morning, rather than lug the others out along with our trash every Tuesday."Other residents say they oppose paying higher fees for a recycling cart they never asked for in the first place."I don't want the cart. I don't have enough room to store it. It's too big for me," said resident Carolyn Hovey, adding that it takes all month to fill up her two smaller bins now. "I'm not real pleased."The larger carts can hold more recyclables and have a lid so that items don't blow out and litter neighborhoods on windy days, city officials have said.The current bins also have to be picked up and dumped manually by workers while the carts can be picked up and dumped mechanically by collection trucks. That reduces the number of workers from three down to one per truck and makes the job safer because workers don't have to cross streets to pick up bins, according to Republic Waste Services officials.The 94-cent monthly increase is expected to generate about $9.3 million in additional revenue over a 10-year period, which will help Republic Waste Services recoup most of its planned $10.1 million investment in the new recycling program and a natural gas fueling station.As part of the contract revision approved by the council last year, Republic will allow Arlington to use its fueling station for the city's compressed natural gas-powered vehicles at a discount.- This article contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578Twitter: @susanschrock
Arlington residents can learn about the new recycling cart program, such as where to place the cart for curbside pickup and what items can be recycled, on the city's website at www.arlingtontx.gov/environment or by calling 817-459-6778. Residents can also opt out from receiving a cart by filling out a form on the website.