Who Will Pick Up Greendale Recycling and Garbage?

The Village of Greendale is considering bringing the recycling curbside pick-up in-house, and Patch checks out the rumor that the garbage service might be privatized.

Blogger Jason Patzfahl wrote last week that he heard some Greendale officials want to get out of the garbage business, and instead contract with a private company. 

When Patch went to the village to see if that was true, we found something a little different. Instead of garbage pickup being on officials' minds right now, it's recycling. 

The Village of Greendale will soon review and likely renew the refuse and recycling contract. 

Currently, Greendale pays a company to collect recycling from the curb every two weeks. Significant changes are being considered for the 2013 year, including having village staff pick up recycling instead of contracting it out. Village staff told Patch this could potentially save money.

The village budgeted to purchase a refuse or recycling hauler in 2013. Village Manager Todd Michaels said more information will be released Friday. 

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JustMe December 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I live in Greenfield and we have one company that picks up both garbage and recycling.
Jason Patzfahl December 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I did mention in my article that the village was considering doing recycling in-house, which I stated I was in favor of (and should be done on a weekly basis, not a bi-weekly basis). The story shows that the annual cost to a home-owner to recycle in Greendale is $12.87. Due to the fact that we recycle A LOT in my house, we had to purchase our own slightly larger recycle bins with covers for $10 each. I would gladly double my yearly cost to $25 in order to have a 96 gallon wheelable tote to throw all of my recyclables into, which is something the village is looking into for the future. On another note, was the Patch able to verify the "rumor" that certain members of the village Board of Trustees would PREFER to privatize, and why? I could not "officially" verify that, but among some people in the village it is a well-known fact. I also stated that privatization did not currently have the votes to pass, but that certain board members (one is up for reelection) would like to head in this direction.
CowDung December 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
You also claimed that it was also a 'well-known fact' that Waukesha would be sending poop water down the Root River as part of the Oak Creek water deal. Please do some research and/or investigation before making up any more of your 'facts', Jason.
Carol December 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
We are lucky to have a dump in the Industrial loop where we can take recycling stuff. I think it would be a good idea for our own DPW workers to pick it up. It would probably be cheaper to have our own truck.


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