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Yakima Could See Citywide Recycling Program But Not Without a Price

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YAKIMA, WA. -- A new recycling program could be coming to Yakima in 2016. But it won't come without a price.

A new recycling program would cost each Yakima resident $3 per month. That's a cost the Yakima City Council is not taking lightly. That's why they held off discussions until later this year.

The results from the 16-week pilot recycling program this summer were presented at Tuesday morning's meeting. Over those four months, 25 tons of recycling were collected while overall garbage collection dropped by 18%, helping reduce the usage of the rapidly filling Terrace Heights landfill.

Overall, nearly 80% of people involved in the program said it was either good or excellent. The refuse division was pleased with the results. 

"It was very good feedback," Scott Schafer, Yakima Public Works Director said. "We're actually surprised ourselves. It was very challenging for us to put it together in the time frame that it was asked to do, with the limited resources that we had. But once we started it, people recognized how successful this really was."

The Yakima City Council also discussed raising monthly garbage collection rates by $2 or less for each Yakima resident. The refuse division says they desperately need the funds.

There hasn't been an increase in garbage collection rates in the last 8 years and the refuse division is running on a steep deficit.