• January 19, 2017

Two councilmen feel ‘forced’ into quick decision on Killeen recycling

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  • vatoverde posted at 2:27 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

    vatoverde Posts: 1

    "Okray adamantly opposes the initiative being mandated.
    “I do not support the idea of imbedding rates for recycling into people’s (utility) bills,” he said. “They (the city) want to put the liability on the citizens of Killeen. ... If it’s going to be mandatory, then the city should pay for it.”"

    Just who does Okray think "the city" is when he states the city should pay for it instead of the citizens? Is the city some magic entity that has its own money? The "city's money" will come from the citizens anyway.

    The real issue here is that there is no more waste pre or post the new program. The real winner here is the garbage company. They should HAVE to lower their rates by some amount based on the tonnage that is moved out of their stream and into the recycling stream. If costs go up for recycling, costs should logically go down for trash.

  • Eliza posted at 11:45 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    @ . Just because it’s made mandatory doesn’t mean that everyone is going to do it.--Councilman Steve Harris
    One of the wisest statements made concerning the mandating of a recycling fee on all citizens.
    This is another mandate that has been put upon the citizens ,they've already had their pockets picked by being told they 'have' to buy obamacare or the IRS is going to become involved in their lives.

    What's going to happen if even though people are charged the extra fee for recycling containers, but they don't use them. Is city government going to then have to collect more money to hire their own form of the IRS, to go from house to house each trash pick up day to make certain the home owner has the container out with 'something' in it?

    Let the subject of recycling remain as is, an as Old Woman below states,Ft Hood has an enormous amount of areas where your recyclables can be taken 1, at each of the commissary's as a matter of fact that take everything.
    Ad if t city insist on making the citizens bend to their will,give he service as a free service, there is going to be money made off of the citizens as it is when they turn in any recyclables.

  • Dr Strangelove posted at 10:32 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 1167

    Looks like another way to stick it to us citizens. Right now very few people will pay extra money for that stupid blue box—looks like they’ve found another way to steal money from us—HEY PUT IT TO A VOTE! They won’t because the citizens will vote it down.

  • OldWoman posted at 8:32 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    OldWoman Posts: 65

    I am a strong proponent of recycling. In Germany you are not allowed to put recyclables in the general garbage. The rules are very strict, and I agree with that, But while I will always recycle, with free access to Fort Hood, I will continue supporting the military by taking my recyclables there. At least I see a return for my efforts.

  • RLHamilton posted at 7:36 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    RLHamilton Posts: 1

    So we the residents will pay for the recycling bins around 5 dollars a month.
    A none city vendor is going to take our recyclables out of the city sort them sell them for a profit, is that money coming back to the city or are the people of Killeen loosen twice. I know the Fort Hood system been are mandatory, but the program pays for its self based on sales and the profit is put back in the community. Sound like Killeen looses all around with the purposed plan.

  • bob57texas posted at 7:28 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    bob57texas Posts: 1

    I live by myself, it does not make any sense if I have to pay the same garbage fee as say a family of five. I currently have the smallest trash bin available, and there are times when I don't even bring it out on my collection day because I don't have enough trash to bother with. A lot of us are on fixed incomes and we don't need the city council rushing into any decisions that will take more money out of our already thin wallets.