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WHITEFISH BAY - Residents in the village will have their recycled goods collected every other week instead of monthly, thanks to a new automated collection system.

The change is scheduled to take effect March 5, 2018, but village officials may also consider making a change to automated garbage pickup, too. The new system was approved by the village board unanimously at its Monday, May 15, meeting.

Trustee Tara Serebin and Village President Julie Siegel raised the garbage pickup question after the recycling vote and an informal discussion ensued.

"I want to get this on the table as something we could consider," Serebin said.

Ninety percent of residents leave their recycling carts at the curb, but with an automated system all items would have to be placed inside a recycling cart wheeled to the curb or the pavement edge of the alley.

"Should we be changing behavior in regards to trash, as well?" Serebin wondered.
Trustee Jay Miller said he had mixed feelings about a garbage change.

With possible savings of up to $100,000, "I can see doing change all at once and get it over with," Miller said. "But I'd rather see how recycling works out."

Former village manager Steve Sheiffer said that "there is a significant cost savings to going automated" on garbage pickup.

"We could implement both on April 1" if the board implemented a change by July, allowing considerable time to educate residents.

Siegel said afterward the garbage question will likely be discussed later this year.

"I would like to take a look at this," she said, but assured residents that "everything going forward with trash (collection) will be well publicized."

Before the vote on recycling, public works director John Edlebeck said he had no worries that heavy snow accumulation would cause problems for pickup under the automated system.

The automated collection would allow drivers to use a joystick that would wrap around the sides of 95-gallon carts placed within 10 to 15 feet of the side of the truck.

"There's still some element of manual maneuvering," Edlebeck said of the automated system.

"Other communities deal with those challenges throughout the Midwest. We'll try to educate residents on proper placement."WHITEFISH BAY - Residents in the village will have their recycled goods collected every other week instead of monthly, thanks to a new automated collection system.

The change is scheduled to take effect March 5, 2018, but village officials may also consider making a change to automated garbage pickup, too. The new system was approved by the village board unanimously at its Monday, May 15, meeting.

Trustee Tara Serebin and Village President Julie Siegel raised the garbage pickup question after the recycling vote and an informal discussion ensued.

"I want to get this on the table as something we could consider," Serebin said.

Ninety percent of residents leave their recycling carts at the curb, but with an automated system all items would have to be placed inside a recycling cart wheeled to the curb or the pavement edge of the alley.

"Should we be changing behavior in regards to trash, as well?" Serebin wondered.
Trustee Jay Miller said he had mixed feelings about a garbage change.

With possible savings of up to $100,000, "I can see doing change all at once and get it over with," Miller said. "But I'd rather see how recycling works out."

Former village manager Steve Sheiffer said that "there is a significant cost savings to going automated" on garbage pickup.

"We could implement both on April 1" if the board implemented a change by July, allowing considerable time to educate residents.

Siegel said afterward the garbage question will likely be discussed later this year.

"I would like to take a look at this," she said, but assured residents that "everything going forward with trash (collection) will be well publicized."

Before the vote on recycling, public works director John Edlebeck said he had no worries that heavy snow accumulation would cause problems for pickup under the automated system.

The automated collection would allow drivers to use a joystick that would wrap around the sides of 95-gallon carts placed within 10 to 15 feet of the side of the truck.

"There's still some element of manual maneuvering," Edlebeck said of the automated system.

"Other communities deal with those challenges throughout the Midwest. We'll try to educate residents on proper placement."

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