Southlake residents will have more capacity to go green when the city begins rolling out wheeled recycling carts on Monday.Caroline Eckel, assistant to the city manager and city liaison with Republic Waste Services, said the decision to expand recycling capabilities came from citizen surveys, reports from the waste company and calls from citizens.Eckel said the upgrade works toward the city’s goal to improve sustainability.“This was a natural thing to move toward,” she said. “It meets our city's strategy and residents’ demand.”The carts can hold 95 gallons of recyclables, an increase from the 18-gallon bins that are currently available.Residents paid $11 for the bins. The carts will be given to every household free of charge. Eckel said several residents have bought multiple bins to meet their recycling needs. She said she hopes the larger carts, “encourage recycling rather than throwing things away because it’s easier.”Pick up days will stay the same, but times may change for efficiency. Eckel said residents should make sure to have waste ready for pick up by 7 a.m. Residents with bins can keep them for personal use or place them in the new carts for recycling.New automated trucks will pick up only what fits in a cart.This change comes with a swath of other upgrades to better the city’s waste and recycling management. The changes coincide with an extension of the city’s contract with Republic Waste Services.Residents will begin paying a monthly rate of $14.23 starting Oct. 1. This is an increase from the previous $12.85 rate. The rate includes services for twice-weekly trash collection, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, hazardous waste collection events, bulk collection, bundled brush collection and weekly recycling collection.
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