(EVANSVILLE, IN) – May 2, 2011 –Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel announced today that the City of Evansville’s Department of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Quality (SEEQ) is advancing plans to implement a free public recycling and waste collection program through which collection stations with separate compartments for recyclable materials and “regular trash” will be installed at high-visibility, high-traffic public properties throughout the City.
“While littering is never excusable, it’s hard to fault someone for putting an aluminum can, plastic bottle or cardboard box into a trash can if a recycling bin isn’t available,” said Mayor Weinzapfel. “This program will not only make the greener choice the easier choice, but it will also complement the City’s residential curbside recycling program and the green initiatives that have resulted from the Sustainability Policy I enacted in 2007.”
The recycling and waste collection stations will be installed at public locations owned and/or managed by the City of Evansville and the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Authority (EVCBA). While final locations have yet to be determined, they are expected to include City parks, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Main Street, Civic Center grounds, Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage trailheads, etc.
Initial approval to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been granted by the Board of Public Works, Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Board, and Board of Park Commissioners. Contractor selection is expected to take place this summer.
The selected contractor will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the collection stations, emptying the contents, and properly disposing of recyclables and waste. The vendor will sell sponsorships and/or advertising on the collection stations, generating revenue to enable the program to be offered at no cost to the City, EVCBA or residents; and possibly generating revenue for the City. The City and EVCBA will have the right to approve or reject advertising to prohibit, for instance, the promotion of alcohol or tobacco.
“My job is to help the City be green and save money” said Dona Bergman, Director of SEEQ. “This project has the potential to do both by making recycling more accessible to the public without costing the City a dime. The selected contractor will be required to provide quarterly reporting on the amounts of recyclables and trash collected, as well as advertising revenues earned, so it won’t take long for us to determine the success of this program.”
The specific designs, colors and locations for the collection stations will be determined in consultation with and based on approval from the various boards after a contractor is selected.
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