TEMPLE (May 2, 2013)--The Temple City Council adopted a resolution authorizing City Manager, David Blackburn to negotiate a contract with Balcones Resources Inc. of Austin for marketing and processing services in order to implement a citywide residential curbside recycling program Thursday.
In 2011, the city implemented a pilot curbside recycling program that now encompasses four of the City’s twenty solid waste routes or approximately 4,000 customers.
Earlier this year, the city council received a briefing from staff on program evaluation areas to include participation rates, landfill diversion, quality of recyclables, customer satisfaction and more.
Criteria was established for scoring of the proposals received with discussions and additional considerations by a staff evaluation committee.
“Goals for expansion of the program are to manage existing landfill space,” states City Manager David Blackburn said. “We are also looking to slow future, increasing disposal costs.”
A co-mingled curbside collections approach will maintain a bi-weekly collection program.
The city is also discussing a recycling processing facility in or within close proximity to the City of Temple, Blackburn said. “We realize the initial facility may be a transfer station with future development of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) when it is economically feasible.”
Contract negotiations will begin immediately.
“A term not to exceed 10 years is desirable and an early termination clause may be desirable if regional negotiations dictate,” Blackburn said.
Balcones is proposing a %5 per ton return for city-collected recycles with an estimated annual net revenue based on landfill diversions being $80,000.
“This program will allow the city to provide enhanced residential services that customers want while at the same time manage our existing landfill space and resources wisely.
Implementation of the program would begin approximately six months from the date of a final agreement with Balcones.