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Curbside recycling coming to Eagle

Eagle Valley Enterprise file photoCome April 1, Eagle residents should no longer have to take their recycling to the collection bins at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Next week the Eagle Town Board will consider a contract with Vail Honeywagon to provide curbside recycling service.
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EAGLE, Colorado ” Julie Richards, of Eagle, Colorado, calls herself a ‘rabid recycler.’

In addition to her regular visits to the recycling bins near the Eagle County Fairgrounds, a couple of times a year she drives loads of Styrofoam and electronics all the way to Boulder. This spring brings reason for Richards to rejoice ” curbside recycling will soon come to Eagle.

“I am so excited. I am thrilled the town is finally doing this,” said Richards. “I think it will encourage a lot more people to do their recycling.”

Next week the town will vote on a contract allowing Vail Honeywagon, a private business, to take over municipal trash collection services. As part of the deal, the company will launch curbside recycling services. Residential trash collection fees will increase by $4.25 per month, from $18 to $22.25.

In exchange, the company will provide recycling collection containers and pick up newspaper, magazines and office paper as well as co-mingled items ” glass, aluminum and plastics. Residential recycled goods will be collected every other week. Vail Honeywagon will provide individual homeowners with a calendar showing their respective collection dates.

Eagle began consideration of a curbside recycling program when a 2007 community survey revealed high interest in the service. When the town explored launching its own curbside collection, financial analysis showed trash collection fees would have to be increased by approximately $12 per month. At that point, the town solicited bids from commercial trash haulers. Vail Honeywagon submitted the sole proposal. The trash changeover is slated for April.

“The month of March will be a public education campaign. We will deliver recycling bins to each residence in Eagle,” said Matt Donovan of Vail Honeywagon. “We are excited to extend our collection services to Eagle.”

While the independent contractor will be providing the service, the town will continue billing for trash service as part of its monthly water/wastewater/trash utility billing. The two town of Eagle employees who were assigned to trash collection will move over to the public works crew.

Next week the specific town board discussion will address a three-year contract with Vail Honeywagon. However, as Town Manager Willy Powell notes, if Eagle gets out of the collection business it is unlikely the town will get back into it. As part of the contract, the town will sell its trash trucks to Honeywagon.

“The service will feature the same truck, with a different logo,” said Powell.

Next week’s town board meeting is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.


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