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  • Kimble pitches automated trash collection in North Canton

  • Should North Canton choose automated waste collection from Kimble?

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  • Seeking to keep its contract to haul away city residents’ trash and recyclables, the Kimble Co. sent one of its officials to tell council Monday night that while its bid submitted by the Thursday deadline may seem higher than Republic Services’, Kimble is offering automated trash and recyclable collection.
    Kimble, which has held the city’s waste contract since 2010, is offering to keep city residents’ collection rate for trash, recyclables and yard waste at $13.17 per household per month for another three years, about 78 cents more than Republic’s quote.
    But Scott Walter, Kimble’s director of business development, told council that its package includes a key amenity Republic doesn’t have — the convenience of allowing residents to throw all their recyclable materials into one 65-gallon container, without any need to separate the paper and cardboard from the plastics and cans.
    In addition, Kimble will accept more types of plastic such as yogurt and margarine containers, which local companies could not recycle in the past.
    For automated collection to work, residents would have to use 65-gallon recyclables containers and 95-gallon containers provided by Kimble. The 95-gallon container could hold three or four cans of trash. Both would be wheeled and have lids attached to the containers. Residents would still have to separate trash from recyclables.
    The automated Kimble trash trucks, which run on compressed natural gas, would recognize the special containers and use an automated arm on the truck to empty the waste and recyclables into the trucks, which have separate compartments for trash and the paper and plastics. The driver would not have to get out of the vehicle to empty the trash cans.
    “It’s much quicker. It’s much more efficient, which is why we’re able to offer that price,” said Walter, who added that communities that have adopted automated recycling have seen the amount of tonnage recycled increase two to four times.
    Council President Jon Snyder, Ward 4, said Kimble has offered to share part of the proceeds with the city it gets from selling the recyclable materials, which could reach $27,000 a year to pay for leaf bags and educational programs. He said council members are leaning toward choosing Kimble’s bid.
    Walter said residents’ use of the containers would be optional, but he said they are easier to use, sturdier, easier to move, have no lids that would blow off and pet resistant.
    If residents’ negligence leads to damage or loss of the containers, Kimble would charge them a replacement fee of $75 a container.
    The trucks would take recyclables to Kimble’s nearly year-old automated facility in Twinsberg Township in Summit County where the different types of recyclable materials are separated by machines.
    Walter said Kimble uses the same automated system in Massillon.
    Page 2 of 2 - Councilman Mark Cerreta, At-Large, asked if elderly residents would be able to move the large containers to the curb and if they would fit in small garages.
    Walter said seniors in communities with the automated collection have often found it easier to wheel the containers to the curb rather than carry trash bags.
     Out of concern for neighborhood aesthetics, Councilman Doug Foltz, Ward 1, said  he would want council to require that residents keep the containers inside, out of sight, until right before the waste truck is scheduled to arrive.
    North Canton Council
    Monday meeting
    Other Action
    • Considered legislation to increase the daily rental rates for half of a shelter at Dogwood Park to $100 from $75 and the full shelter rental rate to $175 from $150 and decrease the Saturday rental rate for the Civic Center from $1,200 to $900, to make it more competitive with other venues.
    • Discussed legislation authorizing the city to solicit bids for the Hoover District resurfacing project not to exceed $2.1 million. Streets to be improved include Charlotte Street NE, Orchard Avenue NE, Hower Street NE, Witwer Street NE and Park Avenue NE.
    Up Next Council will meet Monday at around 7 p.m. at City Hall