The City Council of Pekin has considered changing contractors for its local recycling program. The city manager, Joe Wuellner said that the market for paper has fallen and the contract with Midland Davis, a recycling provider, has expired.
Partnering with the Right Recycling Provider in Pekin City
The city was receiving payments from Midland Davis since last year in return for the paper collections. The recyclables collected across the city amounted to about $10,000 a month. But ever since the price of paper fell, the city has instead been paying Midland Davis to take the paper recyclables.
New contractors, such as Midwest Fiber, have been sought so that the city will receive income from paper as well as recyclables of aluminum, tin, and other materials.
Though the proposal with Midland Davis didn’t include non-paper products, the recycling provider is pleading its case in the council.
Rikki Wallace, the Office Manager at Midland Davis stated that the city mostly brought paper recyclables and the organization reimbursed accordingly.
If Midwest Fiber wins the contract, it would pay the best price for recyclables of all materials. The contract spans for three years and can be extended for two more years.
Pekin City to Produce More Eco-Friendly Promotional Items
Trucks with separate recycling bins are no longer used in Pekin city. Recyclables are dumped into a regular truck and compacted just like trash. This reduces visits to the recycling center, thereby minimizing gas usage, maintenance, and manpower expenses.
At present, the city has small red bins for recyclables which are not largely used because they scatter debris when blown over by the wind. The city council plans to replace these bins with those that have a larger capacity and are more stable. Painted in a different color and designed to be auto-picked by trash trucks, the new bins would drastically ease the collection process.
By resorting to recycling, a large amount of money spent on transporting material to the landfills was saved. It also meant that there would be more space left in the landfills and more production of eco friendly promotional items liked recycled totes will be possible.
The income received by the state from recycling companies was channelized to educate children on green movements. It was an established fact that training a child on eco sensitive issues was the best means of spreading environmental awareness.
The children equipped with environmental knowledge, actively participate in campaigns and programs. In this way, parents are indirectly involved and prompted to support environmental initiatives.