The Duncan Banner

April 24, 2013

Program offers rewards; city officials encourage participation

Street bond election set for May 14

Mike Smith
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — City leaders encouraged Duncan residents on Tuesday to take part in the recycling program that will begin in earnest on May 6 and noted that the city is not making any money on the venture.

 City Councilman Mike Nelson said the program, which will cost residential trash customers an extra $5 per month, is good for the community and the environment.

 And, he said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, “You’re going to pay for it whether you use it or not.”

 Brad Hegwer, district manager for Waste Connections, said the company will begin collecting recyclable material on May 6, with pick-ups scheduled at each residence one day every other week.

 Container carts for the materials have been dropped off at many residences in Duncan, Marlow and Comanche and that should be completed by the end of this week. Information on the program, including points that can be earned and redeemed for discounts at some retail businesses, is being distributed as well.

 Hegwer said some national retailers are offering discounts to those who take part in the program and Waste Connections is trying to get local businesses in Duncan to do the same.

 He said Chickasha has been using a similar program for awhile now and has a 62-percent participation rate so far.

 “Seventy percent of the trash people throw away is recyclable,” he said.

 Also Tuesday, the council made another pitch for a $9 million bond issue to fix 255 segments of city streets. Duncan residents will vote on the proposal May 14.

 The proposed projects would take care of about one-fourth of the repair needs and include work that officials say needs to be done now.

 The bond would be paid back over 10 years through increased property taxes, which would be about $100 per year for homeowners with houses valued at $150,000. It would be less for lower-valued homes and more for houses worth more.

 City Manager Jim Frieda said he wants to schedule a town hall meeting on the proposal sometime in the first week of May to seek more public input and feedback.

 Among other business Tuesday, the council: