Spring Grove looks at recycling program

SPRING GROVE – A recycling program may be on the horizon for Spring Grove residents.

The Village Board is discussing an electronic recycling program where residents can drop off their electronics, and the village asked waste collection providers for bids that include recycling pickup.

Both ideas are in the discussion phase and would require board approval to be implemented.

The electronic recycling program was suggested by Universal Recycling Technologies out of Janesville, Wis., Trustee Ron Kopke said.

The company proposed setting up large containers where residents could drop off electronics such as TVs, computers, tablets, cables and cellphones, Kopke said. When the container was full, the company would empty it.

The village would not be charged for the service, and depending on the company’s profits and what deal is worked out, the village could take a cut of what is made off the equipment.

Kopke is running the idea by the Spring Grove Fire Protection District, which covers a larger area. A partnership would open the program up to more people, he said.

Any decision would be further down the line – perhaps in the fall, Kopke said – as the village waits for feedback from the fire district and the clerk reviews the recycling bids.

A program would likely be offered on a trial basis, Kopke said. The board had concerns about people dumping items if the container was full, or dumping items that didn’t meet the criteria because of similar problems that had followed the installation of donation boxes around town.

The village currently does not offer a recycling program. Electronics cannot be put out to the curb under a law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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