By Betsy Dolan
After the success of a three month long pilot program, the City of Rosenberg will launch a new solid waste plan that will include curbside recycling and automated trash pick up services in August. The new five-year agreement between the City and Republic Services, Rosenberg’s solid waste contractor, will also be less expensive, saving the average resident $26.40 per year in trash collection costs.
Cyndy Powell, Rosenberg’s Assistant to the City Manager, updated the city council at their regular meeting on June 19 about the specifics of the new contract. Starting July 16, Republic Services will begin delivering two 95-gallon roll-out carts to every household–one for recycling and one for trash pick-up. A sticker will designate one of the carts for recycling which, along with trash collection, will occur every Wednesday. Green waste, which will be recycled and not diverted to the landfill, will be picked up on Mondays while bulky items will be collected on Tuesdays.
“Single stream recycling, which is what this contract calls for, allows residents to put all of their recyclables in one container,” Powell said. “The cart will be large enough to hold a weeks worth of newspapers, magazines, glass, plastic, aluminum and flattened cardboard.”
Residents will also pay a little less for the new service. Currently, Rosenberg residents pay $17.35 a month for trash collection with no curbside recycling. The new plan, with curbside recycling will be $15.15 every month, $14.39 for people over 65, with the charge appearing on residents’ water bills.
Powell told the council that the city will be sending letters, in English and Spanish, notifying residents of the new program and preparing a section of the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds as a staging area for the 15,188 roll-out carts that will be distributed by Republic Services in two weeks.