As noted in a previous post the current deal the city struck with Waste Management is effectively a massive increase for everyone. However there is one way you can save yourself some time and effort.
Residential Customers are required to subscribe to and pay for Single Stream Recycling Collection Services as part of the Standard Service and are encouraged to utilize such services for recycling, but are not required to Recycle or to accept a Recycling Cart. Each Customer who recycles shall be responsible for separating its Approved Recyclable Material from all other materials…
So you have to pay the same rates, but don’t have to accept a recycling bin or actually recycle. If you chose to recycle you’ve made yourself responsible for knowing the current list of Approved Recyclable Material which can change if the city and contractor so decide and if you fail to properly separate they can charge you extra fees (unknown what those are at this time).
Many would argue that recycling creates more environmental problems than simply creating new, the case for recycling aluminum is good (otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get money for it) however everything else is highly debatable and by some accounts the energy and nasty chemicals used to recycle some materials damage the environment more than simply dumping.
And of course Waste Management is making money off your free labor when they sell the materials you’ve already partially separated out for them.
I wouldn’t work for the government, I’m certainly not going to work for a politically connected monopoly.
UPDATE: their customer service initially told me you have to accept both bins.. when I pushed I got this back:
Dear Waste Management Customer,
I have reviewed the information we have for the change in service. At this time they have not provided the specific date these changes will take effect. It should be late 2013. The information you sent is correct, you do not have to accept the recycling container, nor do you have to use it if you did accept the container. Currently, the information we are requesting as far as choosing your can size, is for ordering purposes. We want to ensure we have enough of the containers sizes customers want when we are ready to proceed with the roll out. The acceptance (or denial) of the recycling carts, does not change the new pricing structure or the new trash containers that will be delivered. I hope this information helps clear up the confusion. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.
So that confirms it I think.
More on recycling:
There’s a lot more out there, you just have to stop drinking the coolaid and look.