Thursday, June 11, 2020

Westland curbside recycling service set to restart in July

Recycling will return to Westland July 1.
Members of the city council approved a 2-year contract with Republic Services to process city recyclables effective July 1 through June 30, 2022. The city will pay $120 per ton to process recyclable material this year and $125 per ton for the service next year, according to the contract.
Republic Services was the only bidder for the service.
Westland suspended the curbside recycling program in 2019 due to rising costs associated with a change in the global recycling market.
  In March, Westland voters approved a sanitation millage to help fund the popular recycling program that serves 25,000 single-family homes in the city.
“When we first started our recycling program, Republic would actually, with their own trucks, come pick up our recycling and take it to a place in New Boston,” commented Mayor William R. Wild said. “They do have history working with the city and their operation is located in Wayne.”
“I want to thank the city council and the residents for their support in bringing back recycling to the City of Westland,” Wild said.  “Our community takes great pride in their efforts to promote sustainable, green practices and recycling is a major part of those efforts.” 
City staff members will be establishing a strategy to communicate details of the program to the public, according to a prepared release. Additional information will be posted on