The Killeen City Council will be presented with four different recycling proposals to consider at its Tuesday workshop meeting as the city moves forward with a broader recycling plan.

The city is seeking proposals from “qualified firms to provide processing and marketing of recyclable materials collected via the city’s proposed single-stream curbside recycling program,” the proposal request stated. With single-stream recycling, residents don’t have to separate their recyclables.

The initiative is citywide and will move the current curb-sorted recycling system to single-stream recycling.

The current recycling program includes the collection of mixed paper, No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, steel, aluminum and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars.

Single-stream recycling includes mixed paper, plastics No. 1 through No. 7, aseptic containers, steel, aluminum and tin cans. Glass isn’t accepted in the single-stream program.

The city received four proposals, which were evaluated by a committee and given numerical scores, said Michael Cleghorn, director of solid waste services.

The proposals came from Austin-based Balcones Resources; Austin-based Texas Disposal Systems; Killeen-based Centex Metals; and WILCO, just outside of Austin.

Of the four proposals, Balcones ranked the highest with 82.86 percent, WILCO was next with 69.86 percent, Centex Metals was ranked at 66.64 percent and Texas Disposal Systems at 63.74 percent.

The proposals were scored in 10 different categories including experience and quality, fiscal impact, location, public education, quality of reports and financial capability.

Cleghorn said the committee recommended Balcones because the company recognizes the value in the city’s “closed market, collection equipment and the current way of doing business.”

The four companies will present their proposals to the council at its 5 p.m. workshop meeting Tuesday in the Utility Collections Conference Room, 210 W. Avenue C.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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"Glass isn’t accepted in the single-stream program."

But would still be taken at the recycling center if we drop it off in person? I would hope so.

When we moved here in 2009, it was the first time we'd lived in a city that had even volunteer recycling programs. With a family of four, recycling keeps our trash bin half empty every week; I'd hate to think how full it would be without recycling.

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