Recycling service changing in Holly Springs

aspecht@newsobserver.comMay 21, 2014 

— Recycling service in town will change later this summer.

To save money and encourage recycling, the Holly Springs Town Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to switch to 96-gallon recycling bins and to reduce pickup frequency to every other week.

Most residents currently use a 48-gallon bin that’s picked up every week on the same day their trash is collected.

Recycling will continue to be picked up on the same day as trash, but on a new schedule starting July 1, according to Ben Habets, a general manager for Waste Industries.

In voting on the new service, the council extended Holly Springs’ contract with Waste Industries through mid-2018. The deal reduces the town’s cost of recycling per home to $2.65 a month from $3.78.

Recycling rates, which are included in residents’ monthly solid waste fees, will stay the same.

Savings from the new recycling deal will help the town pay for yard waste expenses, which Holly Springs partially subsidizes, according to town spokesman Mark Andrews.

The new plan will also put trucks on the road less often and encourage residents to recycle more, according to town leaders.

“I fill my can up every weekend and then some,” Councilman Jimmy Cobb said.

Councilman Hank Dickson voted against the new recycling plan. He questioned whether residents want to change their pickup schedule and said the bigger containers could be inconvenient.

“I just don’t think there’s a need for a second can,” he said. “Mash the gallon jugs and cans if (needing a bigger bin) is the issue.”

Councilwoman Cheri Lee said she thinks the new service is a good idea, but worried that some people might throw away more recyclables since pickup will become less frequent.

Recycling in other towns that are on the new pickup schedule – including Apex and Knightdale – have seen recycling stay flat or increase, Habets said.

“It hasn’t gone down,” he said.

Waste Industries offered Holly Springs another option that would have increased recycling bins to 65 gallons and kept pickup service on a weekly schedule, but the offer didn’t include a decrease in rates.

Specht: 919-460-2608; Twitter: @AndySpecht

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