Republic Services will continue biweekly recycling collection in Edina. Those wishing to recycle more material may receive a second cart at no cost.
Edina has provided residential curbside collection since 1985. The current biweekly citywide contract for residential recycling collection with Republic Services ends Dec. 31. Three companies responded to a request for proposals for a new contract. Republic Services offered the most competitive proposal for biweekly collection, but another vendor provided the most competitive proposal for weekly collection.
The City Council directed staff to collect feedback from residents on their preferences for recycling frequency. The Morrison Leatherman Company conducted a survey using a statistically valid, random sample, finding that by a 51 to 32 percent majority, residents prefer the current biweekly service.
“Biweekly recycling benefits the community by keeping the truck traffic to a minimum and still capturing the recyclables,” said Recycling Coordinator Solvei Wilmot.
If space is an issue, residents can request an additional recycling cart at no cost by calling Republic Services at 952-941-5174.
“It is important for all of us to do what we can to reduce waste. First, by buying only what we need and with the least amount of packaging,” said Melissa Seeley, Energy & Environment Commissioner. “Second, disposing of waste with the smallest impact on our planet is incumbent on all of us.”
A seven-year contract is expected to be awarded to Republic Services, allowing residents to keep their existing carts.
Residents are also encouraged to participate in the citywide organics program beginning next spring, when those bins will be delivered to Edina homes. A recent study by Hennepin County found that 25 percent of trash is made up of organic materials – the largest category within trash that could be diverted from landfills. In an effort to meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Hennepin County waste reduction goals, the City Council decided to have staff implement an organics recycling program in 2020.
“Collection is made easy by adding a small bin to the kitchen to capture scraps as food is prepared or meals are finished. Compostable bags and other products are readily available in stores all over the Twin Cities,” said Seeley. “Once waste is separated between organics and recycling, it is often amazing to see how little trash is left.”
The Council asked staff to negotiate a contract with Vierkant Disposal as the organics vendor for several reasons, including the company’s existing organics customer base in Edina, pricing, location and commitment to customer service. The contract is expected to be approved at a future Council meeting.
With another cart for organics, the Council also voted to change the law regarding storage of trash and recycling bins to create more flexibility. City Council approved an ordinance amendment that now allows residents to store containers within five feet of their home. Previously, containers were to be stored out of view from the street.
For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Recycling or contact Wilmot at 952-826-0463.