Richmond Heights to continue recycling pickup, in spite of tightening standards

Richmond Heights City Manager Amy Hamilton said in her report to the council on Tuesday that the city’s trash and recycling hauler, Republic Services, will continue to pick up residents’ recycling in spite of reports things may change in the metro area due to tightening acceptable levels of contamination of the material in China, where much of it is processed before going to a third party.

She said more workers will be added to the sorting lines at Republic’s recycling facility, which doesn’t affect Richmond Heights directly but could eventually increase the cost. She said it would be helpful if residents are more careful to put out ‘clean’ recycling.  She said food, string and plastic bags are not recyclable, and are big problems in the process.

In Maplewood: Single stream recycling will continue through the city’s contractual agreement, the city confirms.

The Richmond Heights council also approved the first reading for the funding to renovate The Heights, to begin this fall. Hamilton said the bond was given a AA rating, which she said she was very happy with. She said Richmond Heights’ strong financial forecast helped. The city overall has a AA+ rating. The highest rating is AAA.

Council members also approved the business, Detail to the Max, at the rear of 1039 S. Big Bend Boulevard, a car detailing business for dealerships. Council member, Rick Vilcek asked if the business would be to allowed to service walk-ins also at some point. Hamilton said that wouldn’t be an issue, that the permit is for three to five employees, not what customers are serviced.

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