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Waste Contract Includes New Trash Cans, Recycling Bins

The City of Covington extended its contract with CSI Waste Service for two years, a move that will see a reduction in the scheduled rate increases, new trash receptacles Downtown, and recycling toters for all in the city who want them.

The city commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the new contract that runs from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2015.

The scheduled increase in the contract price for the next two years was reduced from 3.75% to 1.75% in the new agreement. City Commissioner Steve Frank expressed a desire to open the contract for bids when the new contract expires in 2015 as opposed to a contract extension that did not go through an open bidding process.

New trash receptacles Downtown

A representative of the city's department of public improvements (DPI) described the concrete trash receptacles that dot many of the city's corners, "obsolete". The City negotiated a doubling in the allotment of black metal receptacles, many of which are already seen Downtown as well. City Manager Larry Klein said that decision could cost as much as $200,000, a price tag that CSI agreed to pay for.

The concrete trash cans are long past their shelf life, the DPI employee said. Many of them lack lids, are breaking, and liners are hard to come by because the design is more than fifteen years old. "In terms of presentation to the community, they're terrible," said city commissioner Chuck Eilerman.

City commissioner Michelle Williams asked if the concrete trash cans, after they are replaced, could be put into service elsewhere, such as the corner of Thirteenth and Greenup Streets where she said litter is all over the street. The answer from DPI was, no, because trash cans tend to be abused in litter-heavy areas and often lead to more trash in the streets.

Mayor Sherry Carran asked if the concrete trash cans could be turned into planters and again the answer from DPI was, no.

In addition to the new metal decorative trash receptacles that are on their way to town, CSI will also make available new recycle toters (similar to trash receptacles provided to residents) to each residential unit in the city. Covington residents desiring a recycle toter will have to make a request for one.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Concrete trash can and metal decorative receptacles in Covington/RCN