Friday, September 20, 2019

New Trash and Recycling Contract Takes Effect October 1

On October 1, 2014, the City’s new waste collection contract with Republic Waste Services will take effect. As part of the new contract, the rate—reflected on water bills, will increase by $0.17 per month, from $14.23 to $14.40. This breaks down to $9.50 per month for solid waste, $3.80 per month for recycling and $1.10 tax.  Commercial rates also will be adjusted as well to reflect a 1.18% increase.

This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, and bundled brush collection.

As Southlake’s solid waste and recycling provider since 2007, Republic maintains a 90% satisfaction rate.

If you have questions about the fee increase or the City’s contract, please call the City at 817-748-8400.  If you have questions about your pickup days or are in need of some of Republic’s special services, please call 817-317-2424.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

Proper Disposal of Glass and Needles

broken-glass-bottle2No one likes getting cut with broken glass or stuck with a needle. The City’s trash and recycling provider, Republic Services, has noticed an upsurge in injuries to trash collectors and landfill employees in the region related to exposed glass and needles. In order to better protect workers, Republic Services has provided a few tips on how to properly dispose of these hazardous items:

1)      Wrap any broken mirror glass in newspaper and tape before placing in a garbage bag, or, place the glass in a box marked “Broken Mirror.”

2)      Place any broken bottles or jars in a cardboard box labeled “Broken Glass.”

3)      Place any needles in an empty laundry detergent jug or other puncture-proof container before disposal.

These tips also protect residents taking their trash to the garbage can. Exposed glass or needles could potentially cause injury to individuals, as sharp objects may puncture garbage bags. If you have any questions about trash and recycling, or handling hazardous materials, please visit our website by clicking here, or calling the City at 817-748-8400.

Leaf Recycling Collection- January 8

The Leaf Recycling Program gives citizens the opportunity to place their bagged leaves on the curb and have them picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill.

To participate in the program, residents are asked to place their bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the following collection days:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013  Rescheduled to 11/21/2013
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Residents may bag their leaves using any type of bag. Bagged leaves must also be physically separated from other solid waste at the curb.

The City’s Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste, an activity that in the long-term, removes nutrients from the environment and costs residents more in increased taxes and service fees. A more environmentally friendly disposal option is to recycle leaves and reuse their valuable organic nutrients in landscaped areas. Since the program’s inception, Southlake residents have bagged and recycled close to 550 tons of leaves.

For more information about the City’s Leaf Recycling Program, please visit the City’s garbage and recycling programs webpage.

New Trash and Recycling Contract Takes Effect October 1

New automated recycling trucks in Republic's fleet.

On October 1, 2013, the new waste collection contract with Republic Waste Services will take effect. New service changes include enhanced recycling services that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the existing recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

Throughout the month of September, Republic delivered new 95-gallon carts to all Southlake residents. These carts are for recycling only and will be used with Republic’s new fleet of energy-efficient trucks equipped with robotic arms to more efficiently collect recycling. Beginning October 1, Republic will only collect recycling from the new carts. Residents should place the new carts with the wheels to the curb and front facing the street, at least three feet from mailboxes or fences, and five feet from vehicles by 7a.m. on their recycling day. This will ensure that the trucks will be able to safely pick up the carts and that cart lids will open and close properly, preventing debris or collection of rain.

Assistant to the City Manager, Caroline Eckel reminds everyone, “Residents are free to keep their smaller bins if they choose and use them inside their homes. However, if they prefer to dispose of them, they can just place them inside the new carts, and Republic will pick them up.”

Eckel, who is also the City’s liaison to Republic adds that the use of the new carts and this transition to automated recycling is a response to requests the City received from previous citizen satisfaction surveys and community members who have expressed an interest in larger recycling containers. While many residents enjoy the flexibility that the 95 gallon cart provides, for some the carts are too large for their individual needs. For those residents, the City does have an option available for a smaller 65 gallon cart. To request the smaller cart, residents can contact the City’s main phone line at 817-748-8400.

The rate adjustment is also scheduled to take place October 1, 2013. As part of the new contract, the rate—reflected on water bills, will increase by $1.38 per month, from $12.85 to $14.23. This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection events, bulk collection, and bundled brush collection.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

New Recycling Carts Will Begin to Roll Out on September 9

Residents were notified in July that this fall the City of Southlake will introduce enhanced recycling services through Republic Waste Services. Many of the changes include additions and improvements that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the current recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

The automated recycling collection system is new to residential collection in Southlake. Republic Waste Services is equipped with a new fleet of trucks using attached robotic arms to more efficiently collect recycling. This new system allows for the use of large cart receptacles with wheels which will be provided to residents free of cost.

Residents should be on the lookout for their new rolling recycling carts to be delivered to their homes by Republic Waste Services beginning September 9 between 8a.m. and 5p.m. each day. Delivery will begin with the Monday collection area. Upon completion of this area deliveries will continue in the following order: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please be aware that carts will not necessarily be delivered on the same day as recycling is collected.

Republic Waste Services will be using the Southlake Public Works Operations Center, at 1950 E Continental Boulevard, to assemble the new recycling carts. Therefore, residents of the South Hollow neighborhood and those residing south of the center on Woodsy Court and Timberline Court should be aware of increased truck traffic during assembly and delivery of the new carts.

Upon receipt of these new carts, residents should begin use immediately. The existing bins may be kept by residents for personal, in-home use or be placed in the new cart for pickup by Republic.

To ensure recycling pick up, residents should be sure to place their new carts on the curb with facing front and at least 5 feet away from all vehicles and 3 feet away from other objects—including their trash cart, mailboxes, and trees.

The current monthly rate is $12.85. To provide residents with the enhanced service opportunities, the monthly rate will increase to $14.23. This new rate, which takes effect October 1, will not change trash pickup dates or frequencies. Residents will continue to see trash collection two times per week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, bundled brush collection, and automated recycling collection once each week.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

 

Enhanced Recycling Opportunities coming to Southlake Oct. 1

This fall the City of Southlake will introduce enhanced recycling services through Republic Waste Services. Many of the changes include additions and improvements that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the current recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

In March of 2007, the City of Southlake entered into a contract with Republic Waste Services of Texas for all residential and commercial refuse collection. This contract included a performance measure requiring an 85% level of resident service satisfaction. In the years since, Republic has maintained a satisfaction rate significantly above 85%, reaching 97% in 2011 according to the most recent Citizen Survey.

“Due to the high satisfaction levels and the long term successful relationship the City has had with Republic, City Council voted to enhance and extend the contract with Republic Waste Services,” said Caroline Eckel, Assistant to the City Manager. “There is also an option for another five years if things continue to go well.”

The current monthly rate is $12.85. To provide residents with the enhanced service opportunities detailed below, the monthly rate will increase to $14.23. This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, bundled brush collection, and automated recycling collection once each week.

The automated recycling collection system is new to residential collection in Southlake. Republic Waste Services has a new fleet of trucks with robotic arms attached to more efficiently collect recycling. This new system allows for the use of large cart receptacles with wheels which will be provided to residents free of cost.

With the increased success of the curbside leaf recycling program hosted by Keep Southlake Beautiful, it has become a permanent service enhancement provided by Republic Waste Services. During the program’s pilot period, Southlake residents have bagged and recycled close to 550 tons of leaves. Its success has helped provide local landscapes with necessary organic matter and nutrients.

The rate changes are scheduled to take place October 1, 2013. Starting in mid-September, Duncan Disposal will start delivering the new recycle carts and pick up the old ones. “Residents are free to keep their smaller bins if they choose and use them inside their homes,” said Eckel who is also the City’s liaison to Republic. “But if they want them picked up, they can just place them in the new carts and Republic will take care of the rest.”

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.