According to an anonymous call to 40 South News on Jan. 30, Brentwood has been dumping the city’s recycling into landfill since December 2018. Republic Services has said it doesn’t provide recycling service to Brentwood and has not yet signed a recycling contract with the city.
The caller, who would only be identified as a Brentwood city employee, said, “They’re dumping probably 20 tons a week in the landfill and the residents don’t even know it.” The caller said the city has received monies from the state for buying recycling containers, as well as grants for trucks for recycling.
The city reported in November that it had switched its single-stream recyclables hauler from Resource Management, which had stopped accepting recyclables, to Republic Services, with no plan to raise rate for residents.
The city of Brentwood said in a statement on Feb. 26 (below) that city officials approved a temporary agreement with Republic Services on Dec. 3, 2018.
When waste processor Resource Management closed its recycling center on October 31, 2018, the City of Brentwood had to find an alternative materials recycling facility.
On December 3, 2018, Brentwood’s Board of Aldermen approved a temporary agreement with Republic Services pending approval of a formal agreement so the City can continue to offer single-stream, curbside recycling to Brentwood residents.
Republic Services will charge the City of Brentwood $115 per ton of items delivered; the City then receives back 80% of the sales of any of the items actually sold for recycling depending on the market rates.
The Brentwood Sanitation Department averages approximately 55-57 tons of recycled materials per month.
Because single-stream recycling is experiencing challenges due to increased stringent standards overseas and increasing recycling costs, we are also working to educate our residents about how to recycle responsibly. Here’s an example of information about “responsible recycling,” on the cover of our Winter 2019 newsletter
Emails from Republic Services said the company doesn’t provide recycling service or have a contract with Brentwood.
“We are the recycling provider for the cities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights, and their recycling is brought to our recycling facility in Hazelwood. We do not provide recycling service to Brentwood,” Republic Services stated on Feb. 20.
A further email (Feb. 22) said: “The city of Brentwood has been in discussions with Republic Services but has not signed a recycling contract as of yet.”
Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights were all asked how much is recycled.
- The Brentwood Sanitation Department averages approximately 55-57 tons of recycled materials per month (as stated above).
- Richmond Heights reported that the city averages 76 tons per month going to Republic for recycling. And that there are 4100 households in the city’s residential waste removal program.
- Maplewood averages about 39 tons per month recycling picked up by Republic.
Republic Services also stressed the importance of keeping recycling clean: “This is extremely important. Our reminder to consumers is to keep recyclables empty, clean and dry. Leftover food or liquid in a container can ooze out and contaminate the recyclables around it, sometimes leading to an entire load being contaminated. Once recyclables are contaminated, they become trash and are sent to the landfill. We’ve set up a website to help consumers understand what and how to recycle: https://recyclingsimplified.com