SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Winston-Salem took over recycling collections from Waste Management, following through with a commitment made in the 2022-23 city budget to perform the service with city forces. Unless residents go out to look at the new trucks, they shouldn’t notice a thing different, said Helen Peplowski, the city’s sustainability program manager. “Nothing will change,” she said. “The guidelines will not change and we are trying to minimize any schedule changes.”
The city bought a fleet of 12 recycling trucks for the service, and they’re painted blue and black to match the city’s recycling carts, Peplowski said. The trucks also have information about the city’s waste-collection app on them, to encourage people to take advantage of that service. So people who are out and about when the new trucks make their rounds will definitely notice.
The city has contracted with Waste Management since 1991 to handle the city’s recycling services, but last year city officials were faced with a contract increase of 90% that caused leaders to look at having its own employees do the work. The city inked a new contract for one more year with Waste Management at a cost of about $3.7 million, and made plans to buy trucks and hire workers. The final Waste Management contract ran through the end of March, so Monday saw the city’s blue and black trucks on the road for recycling.
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