CARSON CITY — When Montcalm County did not renew its contract with Recycle World, the county still planned on offering recycling to residents by establishing six new unmanned permanent recycle sites throughout the county.
Carson City is one of those new sites.
“We need to find a place to put it,” said Mayor Bruce Tasker at Tuesday night’s Carson City Council meeting.
Councilman Carl Brune thought the city had already decided on a location.
However, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality denied the original location the city had chosen for the 24-hour recycling site according to City Administrator Mark Borden.
“We can’t use that site because of contamination,” Borden said.
Borden presented an alternate location just to the west of the Department of Public Works building.
“The cement slab that is at the old refinery is not an option,” Borden said. “So we looked at the spot pretty much across the street, where there are some dirt piles.”
There will be four dumpsters for recycling where residents can put all their recyclables.
“They put all their recyclables in there and they get sorted in a facility in Grand Rapids,” Borden said. “We don’t have to mess with sorting any of it.”
Borden told council members that the city needs a spot that will be monitored and this location will work.
“We need to pour a slab (of cement) there,” Borden said. “We can make a circular drive so it easy for people to get back out to Williams Street.”
Borden’s best guess without bids for this project was $7,500 — and that had council members cautious about approving funds without bids.
“Do we have a deadline?” Brune asked Borden.
Borden said the dumpsters will be delivered Aug. 1 and that’s the reason he does not want to wait until the next council meeting to get approval for bids.
“If we wait until the council meeting, we will have to have it done in two weeks,” Borden said. “I was hoping to get approval on a minimal amount of funds so I can get bids and get this going so we can do the work in July and be ready.”
The dimension of the pad the dumpsters are to be set on is 48 feet wide and 15 feet deep. There needs to be enough room for people to move between and behind the dumpsters.
Discussion during the meeting turned to shortcuts and possible solutions because of the question about funding. However, Councilman Neil Kapustka wants the city to do this right.
“If we are going to do it, do it all at once and get it done,” Kapustka said.
The city council voted unanimously to approve funding of $10,000 for the recycling site. The council will hear progress and the total cost of the project at their next meeting, scheduled for July 17.