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Richland gets one step closer to curbside recycling

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The pilot program for curbside recycling has proven to be successful and now Richland city leaders are getting ready to make a decision on whether to continue the curbside pickup. Tonight the Public Works Department gave recommendations to City Council on solid waste rates and curbside recycling. They worked with the Utility Advisory Committee.

The committee recommends the city to pick up garbage every week and pick up yard waste every other week. For those who decide they want curbside recycling they must pay extra. Here's the break down, the basic rate for residents in Richland will be $16.90.  This includes yard waste but if you decide you don't want or need yard waste pickup your monthly rate will be $0.80 cheaper. If you decide you want to recycle then its completely up to you but it will cost you an extra $5.70. 

"If they were to go down this path for this particular service, they would ask us to look at it again in two years to make sure the yard waste is working as we designed it and also that there was an opportunity to expand the recycling at that point," said Kip Eagles, Solid Waste Manager.  Eagles says if they decide to make curbside recycling mandatory for everyone then the cost will go down to $3.09.

The City Council is said to make a decision on the solid waste rates and curbside recycling in December.