Lewiston officials are recommending the city council approve a plan to implement a single-stream recycling system that combines recyclables into one cart.
City Manager Jim Bennett says his staff favors a plan to move from the years-old blue recycle bins to a single, 96-gallon cart beginning this fall. Whether such a switch would come at a cost to residents is also up for council debate.
A proposal from garbage collection contractor Sunshine Disposal would cost 39 cents per customer per month for the 96-gallon cart that would take many of the recyclables Lewiston accepts now, plus a few others not presently allowed. Rates would differ for commercial customers, depending on their needs.
The carts would not accept glass, though there have been discussions of keeping the blue bins for curbside glass collection and of Sunshine Disposal setting up glass bins around the city.
Should the council approve the contract, it would begin with the fiscal year on Oct. 1.