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Another factor helping to keep
Shaker’s rate low: the City’s five-gallon
buckets. Yes, those buckets.
“Because we don’t use large bins,
our collection crews are often able
to see when a recycling bucket is
contaminated with non-recyclables,”
explains Speese. “They will leave the
bucket if it’s too contaminated.”
Residents are encouraged to
remove the contaminants and leave
the recyclables out for collection the
following week, she adds.
The program’s continued success
notwithstanding, 2021 marks the first
year the City will be required to pay
for recycling. In previous years, the
City earned money from the recycling
program or paid nothing.
“Unfortunately, the challenges in the
recycling market, which are worldwide,
mean that cities must now pay for this
service,” says Speese.
Last fall, the City signed a shortened,
two-year contract with Kimble Co., which
will cost approximately $90,000 in 2021.
“Given the volatility in the recycling
market, we did not want to be locked into
a five-year contract,” Speese explains.
Learn more about recycling
guidelines for Cuyahoga County
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