FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 14, 2018
Ryan Thomas, City Administrator
WILDWOOD CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ADOPT DUAL STREAM RECYCLING, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019
WILDWOOD, MO – The City Council passed a motion to switch to dual stream recycling citywide, effective January 1, 2019, as Meridian Waste, the City’s waste hauler and recycler, has changed their standard recycling process from single stream to dual stream. The motion also extends the City of Wildwood’s agreement with Meridian Waste until August 1, 2019, at no cost increase to residents.
Nationwide, cities are adjusting their recycling practices due to the high contamination associated with single stream recycling and the resulting higher costs to separate and find a market for many of the recycled materials. With the new dual stream program, these issues are addressed by limiting curbside recycling to tin, aluminum and steel cans, and certain plastics, while mixed paper, cardboard and glass will now be accepted at designated drop-off sites provided by Meridian Waste at no cost to Wildwood taxpayers.
The curbside component continues the convenience of collecting materials most feasible to separate and recycle, while the drop-off component still gives residents the opportunity to recycle the other materials in an environmentally sustainable process.
“I am committed to recycling, and we have discovered that the existing single-stream program isn’t really resulting in recycling – our trash is ending up in our oceans,” said Mayor Jim Bowlin. “The dual stream plan solves that, and at the same time avoids any additional monthly costs that our residents would have to pay by continuing with the single stream approach.”
More information about the change in Wildwood’s recycling program will be available on the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks.
The extension of the agreement until August 1, 2019 will allow time for the City to solicit new competitive bid proposals from waste haulers and recycling providers for a new long-term agreement after August 1, 2019, for which public input will be sought.
About the City of Wildwood:
Wildwood is one of the largest cities in St. Louis County and Missouri, in both population and land mass. It is the third largest municipality in Missouri geographically, and is known as a premier destination in St. Louis County for planned land-use development.