A leisurely drive Thursday afternoon through the checkerboard grid of Plymouth Township’s Lake Pointe subdivision provided ample — albeit, not scientific — proof that the community’s residents love their recycling.
As a decision looms for the township’s board of trustees regarding whether to give in to Green For Life Environmental’s demand for a monthly $2.07-per-resident rate increase or simply scrap recycling altogether, the high volume of recycle bins resting in front of homes spoke loudly as to how the trustees’ constituents feel about the weekly practice.
If the streets could talk, they’d probably say, “Go, Green!”
The results of a week-long survey (also unscientific, but somewhat telling) posted on the Plymouth Township Facebook page concurred with the visual evidence: 81 percent of the moree than 800 respondents were in favor of paying the rate increase while 19 percent were not.
“I have been very impressed by our community’s enthusiasm for recycling,” said Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise. “We are consistently one of the communities in the area that has a low percentage of spoilage, so people take their time cleaning the recyclable materials.
“We’ve even had requests from some residents who want to know if they can have two recycling bins instead of one.”
Although the feedback suggests the township is leaning toward accepting the rate increase — Heise said the township offices have received several emails and phone calls supporting the increase — it’s far from a done deal.
“We owe it to ourselves and our community to do our due diligence regarding this matter,” he said. “We need to continue our dialogue with GFL and our lawyer, Kevin Bennett, is thoroughly reviewing our contract.”
The township has approximately six weeks to inform GFL of its decision.
Contact Ed Wright at email@example.com or 517-375-1113.
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