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Waste Pro approved for Albany recycling pickup

Officials with the Albany company plan to start curbside pickup in January

Waste Pro of Georgia, whose local office is at 1819 W. Oakridge Drive, will start curbside recycling pickup early next year, “As soon is the ink is dry on our contract with the city,” Territory Manager E. J. Kruger says. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Waste Pro of Georgia, whose local office is at 1819 W. Oakridge Drive, will start curbside recycling pickup early next year, “As soon is the ink is dry on our contract with the city,” Territory Manager E. J. Kruger says. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — It’s only fitting that Waste Pro of Georgia was officially awarded the curbside recycling contract in the city at the Albany City Commission’s business meeting Tuesday evening.

It was Waste Pro’s proactive attempt to provide the service that made it an issue in the first place.

The company was sent a cease-and-desist order by City Attorney Nathan Davis in June when Waste Pro started signing up customers for curbside recycling pickup without first clearing it through the city. But Albany Public Works Director Phil Roberson headed a committee that came up with a recycling plan, and Waste Pro won the bid to provide the service citywide.

The commission officially approved Waste Pro’s bid by a 6-0 vote.

“This is a great thing; I think it’s been shown that this is a service the people in the community want,” Waste Pro Territory Manager E.J. Kruger said Wednesday. “Now we’ve got to get a few items worked out with the city. But as soon as the ink’s dry on the contract, we’re ready to get started. As I said last night, we could start right now.”

Kruger told commissioners his company would supply recycling bins that are easily distinguishable from solid waste bins now collected by contracted providers.

“It will be easy,” he said. “They don’t have to separate anything, just put all the recyclable materials in the bins we provide, and we’ll pick them up once a week. The materials will be separated at our facility.”

Waste Pro’s bid calls for an $8 monthly charge, which will be billed to customers quarterly by the company. The city receives a 5 percent franchise fee. Kruger said anyone interested in curbside recycling pickup could call the company at (329) 518-4009 starting Jan. 6. Information is also available online at www.wasteproUSA.com.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the commission approved one-day alcohol licenses for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and Darton State College Foundation fundraisers, a license renewal for Icons bar and a new license application from Baja restaurant at 2801 Meredyth Drive. Commissioners also approved changes to the city’s code of ordinances regarding the formula for permitting on-premises consumption licenses in each ward and the time limit for utilizing alcohol licenses once they’ve been approved.

The new on-premises alcohol license formula will eliminate businesses that receive more than 50 percent of their income from food, so that restaurants like Olive Garden and Austin’s Firegrill are exempt from the count. The new time limit requires establishments with alcohol licenses to use the licenses within 180 days (six months) with one possible 90-day extension or lose the license and the money paid to purchase it.

“I do see a few potential problems with the ordinance for establishments that are being built from the ground up,” City Manager James Taylor said of the proposed changes at a pre-briefing before the meeting. “That’s something we may have to look at.”