COPPERAS COVE — The city placed more than 600 homes and Martin Walker Elementary School into a single-stream recycling pilot program Tuesday.

City Council members contracted single-stream recycling services from Round Table Recycling/Wilco Recycling on Tuesday, which will allow the pilot program to take place in the Walker Place and Hughes Gardens subdivisions along with a portion of homes off Farm-to-Market 116 and the school.

“The bins have been ordered and the educational campaign has begun,” Velia Key, the city’s director of finanical services, told the council Tuesday. “The last step is to enter into the contract.”

The recycling contract allows residents to place almost all recyclable materials, excluding glass, into one green container that will be collected on the same recycling schedule as before.

Councilman Jim Schmitz and Mayor Pro Tem Frank Seffrood questioned why glass was not included in the pickup and asked about the amount of money the city would receive by participating in the program.

“We take the stream that you pick,” said John Rabon, with Wilco Recycling. “While your weight will increase (with glass), your value will decrease.”

The city neglected to pick glass because it is heavy and typically loses money, Rabon said. Without the product, the city could make between $0 and $40 per ton of material.

Rabon said the company charges $95 per ton, which is taken out of its revenue from selling the product but then it splits the remaining profit from the sale of the materials with the city.

Residents living in the pilot program area can expect single-stream recycling to start April 1, but they will receive a notice about the effort before the first collection day.

City Manager Andrea Gardner said participating individuals will get the option of either having their new bins dropped off or picking them up from the city.

The city would prefer the residents pick up their new bins after they are notified because there is additional educational material to distribute, Gardner said.

During the pilot program, the city will track and publicize the results of how much material is recycled, but it also is planning on expanding the pilot area to another 600 homes 60 to 90 days after the program starts.

“(The slow integration) will ensure us a minimized initial investment until we determine the success of the program,” Gardner said. She expects the whole city will be using single stream in about two years.

In other actions taken by the council, Belton-based Wolff Construction was chosen to provide reconstruction work of Old Copperas Cove Road as part of a Cove Economic Development Corporation project.

The project will straighten the current roadway that divides the Narrows Technology and Business Park and the Five Hills shopping center property at a cost of about $430,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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