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LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia City Council hopes to implement new garbage and recycling services for residents and small-business owners, which may begin as soon as next month.

Council members D. Bradford Beck, Randy Leonard, John Richter, Bobby Richter, and Mayor Robert Gregory heard from Royce Gray of IESI about the new plan during the Dec. 13 regular council meeting. No action was taken during the meeting; the matter will be decided during the next city council meeting.

The recycling plan is based on the participation of all La Vernia residents. IESI will provide 65-gallon carts to collect recycling every other week. Labels on the container specify what products can be put in the carts, but most recyclable products -- such as paper, plastics, and aluminum -- are allowed. The recycling service will cost an additional $3 per month for residential customers.

“It’s a good deal and we should take advantage of it,” Leonard said.

IESI also will provide new 95-gallon carts to collect residential garbage for an additional $1 dollar per month. This includes small businesses that do not have dumpsters. Residents and small-business owners still will be able to put out their own garbage cans or bags, but anyone who has trash service with the city will receive the garbage and recycling carts and must pay the extra $4 per month.

“It’s an all-or-nothing kind of deal,” said City Secretary/Treasurer Angela Cantu.

Lost or damaged carts will be replaced by IESI at its own cost. Additional carts will cost $6 each per month.

City residents currently pay $12.52 per month for trash collection. If the new cart services are approved, residents will pay $16.52 per month.

“It’s a positive,” said Gregory of the new IESI services.

Also during the meeting, the council:

•Approved the purchase of a buffer easement.

•Approved the purchase of new blue-and-white street signs to be placed throughout the city.
 

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