ARLINGTON — Republic Waste Services is expected to begin delivering new 65-gallon wheeled recycling carts to south Arlington resident today.Most neighborhoods south of Interstate 20 will be the first to receive the carts, which will replace the existing 22-gallon open recycling bins. Citywide distribution of the carts to Arlington’s 93,000 households is expected to be complete by June, officials said.Distribution will occur from south to north.“You can start using them as soon as you get them,” Public Works Director Keith Melton said.Residents can either keep their existing recycling bins for personal use or the city will pick them up curbside for disposal at a later date, Melton said.The Arlington City Council approved the switch to carts last year as part of a revised contract with Republic Waste Services, the city’s garbage and recycling collector. Residents, whether they recycle or not, will also see the refuse rate on their monthly water bill increase by 94 cents in July.That fee increase is expected to generate about $9.3 million in additional revenue over 10 years, which will help Republic Waste Services recoup most of its $10.1 million investment in the recycling program, which includes new trucks that are able to automatically pick up and dump the carts, and a natural gas fuel station that will be used by city vehicles at a discount.Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon has asked the City Council to considering tapping Arlington’s landfill reserve fund to reimburse Republic for the carts, which could potentially reduce residents’ monthly fee by about .45 cents.The council is expected to hear more from city staff members about that proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.Recycling pickup will remain once a week. Arlington city officials say they are not considering making any changes to garbage pickup at this time. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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