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At the Eudora City Council meeting Monday night, The Council passed an initiative that brings curbside recycling to the city of Eudora.

By unanimous consent, the Council authorized Honey Creek Disposal, the cities current waste hauler, to offer a voluntary curbside recycling program.

For those that choose to be a part of the program, the cost will be $5 per month and it will added onto your bill for utilities that you receive from the city. Honey Creek will provide one 65 gallon container to be used exclusively for recycling. This is similar in size to the container people use currently for the standard trash pickup. The containers will have a yellow lid and it will be marked on the top with what materials can and cannot be recycled. A seocnd 65 gallon container can be obtained for an additional $1.50 per month.

“We are excited about bring curbside recycling to the city” Kevin Weldon said.  “This will be a great opportunity.”

The recycling program is scheduled to begin April 1.  Residents of Eudora will be receiving information in the mail about the recycling program and you will be able to sign up either at City Hall or via Honey Creek Disposal once the program is ready to launch.

Honey Creek will also, pending School Board approval,  be taking over the school recycling program that Defenbaugh currently facilitates.  The school recycling program is where bins are placed at all the schools and on the grounds of the old school at 9th and Main St. The money the school receives from the recycling program, goes into various district student award programs and club activities.

A list of exactly what materials can and cannot be recycled will be sent with the information for curbside recycling.

Also discussed along with this initiative, is the future of other small organizations such as Curbcheck Recycling, operated by Stephanie Pascua. The City Council deemed that a small business that pickup and simply drop off recyclable material in drop bins located in the city not be considered as “recyclers” and be treated similar to those as mowing, home cleaning or newspaper delivery services and thus exempt since they are not engaging in the disposal of waste materials.

Prior to this ruling last night, Pascua sent a note to her clients on Monday, stating that she was ending her operations as of Dec 31, 2010.

When Pascua was asked after the ruling last night if she was back in business now”, Pascua stated that “It looks like I am.”

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