A pilot recycling program for Albion’s residential areas gained support from the city council last Tuesday night.
Les Nienaber, owner of Bud’s Sanitary Service, laid out his plans for a “co-mingled single stream” recycling program for the council.
The program is necessary, he said, in order to hold down the city’s garbage pickup rates.
Under the program, Bud’s Sanitary would have a special pick-up day every two weeks for recyclables such as paper, cardboard, plastics, metal and aluminum cans in the Albion residential area.
The company would also continue to pick up regular household garbage on the current schedule, but local residents would be encouraged to separate recyclable products and put them at the curb in a special container on the designated day.
There would be no costs for residents to participate, but Nienaber said he needs 80 to 85 percent participation in order for the program to work well enough to offset higher garbage pickup costs.