Possible new recycling system for Merrill residentsSubmitted: 01/22/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

Possible new recycling system for Merrill residents
MERRILL - Most people don't want to sort through their trash.

For recycling, it can get tedious sorting paper and plastic.

But people in Merrill won't need to worry about that soon.

Members of the Public Works in Merrill approved a new contract with Eagle Waste Management tonight.

Right now they use Schulz's Recycling in Merrill.

That contract is ending.

So the city wanted to make it easier for people to recycle.

"Currently we are pretty limited on what we can pick up because they don't have outlets for everything," said Merrill Street Commissioner, Dick Lupton.

"We can only pick up two kinds of plastic; only certain paper products. With Eagle Waste we'll be able to pick up almost any paper product."

Public works leaders believe this will make life easier for people.

It will also save the city money.

"It's a big savings to the city. We'll be selling our recyclables to Eagle Waste 20 dollars a ton," Lupton said.

"We save 45 to 50 dollars a ton by not taking it to the landfill."

The new contract still needs to be approved by council members at the next meeting.

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