- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette city-parish government may expand recycling services to rural areas and apartment complexes.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1EjXzzM ) the City-Parish Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to end its current contract with the Recycling Foundation, which has provided recycling services in the city since the 1980s.

The Recycling Foundation could re-bid for the new contract, but City-Parish Public Works Director Kevin Blanchard said the idea is to start negotiations fresh and open the process to other firms.

“We have a lot of demands for improved recycling services,” he said.

Apartments receive recycling service only if the owner of the building negotiates a separate contract for recycling with a private company. Rural residents have no curbside recycling.



Still undetermined is whether a new contract could mean higher rates.

All city residents pay $2.41 a month for recycling, whether they take advantage of the service or not.

City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley said the current rate could be the best deal, but it’s tough to know until proposals are shopped around to other companies.

The terms of the 10-year contract have been in effect since 2006.

“It’s been a long time, and sometimes it makes sense to test the market and see what’s out there,” Stanley said.

He also said negotiations could involve talk of removing glass from the recycling stream as a cost-savings measure.

Glass is among the most expensive materials to recycle, because it is heavy to transport and hard to market, Stanley said.

The contract with the Recycling Foundation does not end until February, but the terms of the agreement call for an automatic 10-year renewal if city-parish government does not give notice of termination at least 180 days before the contract ends.

The Recycling Foundation was bought by national waste hauler Progressive Waste Solutions in 2011. The company also provides curbside recycling services in East Baton Rouge Parish, Youngsville, Zachary, Hammond and Ponchatoula.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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