City responds to questions, concerns

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Apr 18, 2013 - 8:43:48 AM

With city phones ringing and online opinions expressed, city officials are responding to resident’s concerns over a recycling program set to begin in three weeks.
Marlow Community Services Coordinator, Jason McPherson said the intent of the program was not to make residents feel like they are being forced to recycle. McPherson also noted the program is for residences only – not businesses.
“Businesses will not participate in recycling,” McPherson said. “The way we want the local businesses to participate is to be a part of the rewards program. The more local businesses we have participating, the better.”
Recycling Talking Points
The recycling program is included in the contract between South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority (SCOEA) and Waste Connections. SCOEA was formed in the late 1990’s to consolidate area sanitation services after stringent, federally mandated, landfill requirements forced communities to close landfills.
The three-member SCOEA board is comprised of one representative from the city councils of Duncan, Marlow, and Comanche – the SCOEA-represented cities. The board, through direction of each council, approved the latest contract, containing the recycling program, in February.
The contract with Waste Connections contains a $5 fee for the program, and the fee is reflected in city utility bills. Residents may opt-out of the program by returning carts, but all city residents are charged the fee regardless of usage.
“We are asking all citizens to give the program a try, because much like trash pick-up moving from the alleys to the street, this is the next step in the waste collection process,” said McPherson.
Recycling collection begins on May 8 for homes north of Main St. Residents south of Main St., begin the following Wednesday, May 15. Collection will alternate on Wednesdays.
City officials and Waste Connection personnel have scheduled a public meeting on April 25, at 6 p.m., to answer resident’s questions about the program The meeting will be held in the council chambers at city hall. City staff are working to gathering feedback and answers to address specific concerns and questions.
Rewards Program
Residents participating in the recycling program are eligible for rewards. The rewards program is managed through, and requires enrollment by phone or online. Personal identification number (PIN) will be mailed at the beginning of the program. Rewards will grow over time and will become more localized.
“Recycling is the next step in sanitation service, and it is a progressive step for our community to be part of this program. Because of growing regulation, landfill use is being limited by the day and recycling is becoming a necessary part of waste disposal. We would ask that all citizens make use of the program and its benefits,” said mayor Bob Hill.