Hanover considers pitch for single-sort recycling

The Hanover City Council heard from its recycling vendor about the possibility of implementing single-sort recycling in the city.

The council also directed purchase of a $170,000 new loader truck.



Jim Wollschlager and Deb Gatz of Randy’s Sanitation were present to explain an option to switch to single-sort recycling when the current contract ends Jan. 1.

The representatives said everyone in the city would be delivered a 65-gallon cart with a 95-gallon cart available as well.

It was noted that the city currently benefits from a revenue sharing program with Randy’s, and that recycling volume is expected to increase 20 percent to 25 percent because it’s easier to recycle in one container, and that more people would thus participate.

Wollschlager and Gatz said the trucks would be side loading types, running on natural gas, and that the recycling dates would not change.

The agreement would be for 10 years. The representatives said the market for recyclables is poor today, but the industry is upbeat about the near future for prices, and that any increase would benefit the city because of the revenue sharing program.

The council questioned about the program cost, and the representatives said the cost would increase by 70 cents per household/per month, or $7,000 total for the city per year. The reps said some of the increase would be offset by increased recycling bonuses and possible increased revenue sharing.

Wallschlager also mentioned the Blue Bag compost pickup, available to all residents at a separate cost of $7.50 per month.

The council authorized having Randy’s submit a proposed agreement to the city attorney for his review.

The Randy’s representatives said their company would take care of educating residents, along with an informational label on the cart, and that information would be placed on the city website and Facebook.

City attorney Jay Squires asked about the timetable for getting the Randy’s contract. And the council said to keep it moving for possible implementation by Jan. 1, but was not too concerned if it waited until February.



In other news, the council followed up discussion with lead maintenance worker Scott Vogel about estimated costs of a dump truck versus a loader.

Vogel said the advantage to plowing with a loader is ability to turn, visibility, better for cul-de-sacs, the plow can be lifted to push snow back, and they are more flexible. He also explained how public works would use a loader for a variety of things year-round, with salt eventually to be stored on city grounds.

He said he prefers the John Deer Loader, versus CAT, due to its $40,000 less cost. He said the life expectancy of the machine is 15 to 20 years

The council voted unanimously to approve Vogel’s recommendation to purchase the 2012 John Deere loader with plow and wing at a bid price of $169,965.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the city engineer’s recommendations for change orders to the Lamont Avenue extension project, including sub grade correction for black organic soils, and eliminating the ditch west of Lamont.