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The City of Byrnes Mill has been considering a single provider for waste hauling for the past two years. In August 2017, with plans to close the Byrnes Mill Recycling Center due to ever-increasing costs, this option was again brought to the table. With only 20- 25% of the vehicles coming through the center each month from Byrnes Mill residents, it only made sense to think of alternative options rather than using City funds to pay for services who were being used mainly by those which reside outside of the City.“THE CITY IS IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH ST. LOUIS-JEFFERSON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE RECYCLE CENTER WILL REMAIN OPEN WITH THEIR SUPPORT,” EXPLAINED DEBBIE LAVENTURE, CITY ADMINISTRATOR. Bid requests have been sent out to determine what options are available to manage not only waste but also recycling.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? Once a company has been selected from the submitted bids, which should be early this summer, City residents will be notified of the changes and what will be offered in regards to single service trash and recycling curbside pick-up.WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? After City officials met with an expert in the field, they found that there were even more benefits to moving in the direction of a single hauler for waste management. In addition to the obvious ease of curbside recycling pick-up, this change will also increase safety and decrease road maintenance with less haulers on City streets as well as reduced service costs.BURNING TRASH NOTE On a side note, we would like to remind all residents that the burning of trash within city limits is illegal. The pollutants released from burning trash causes toxic chemicals to be released into the air. To expose yourself, neighbors, and the environment to such hazards is dangerous and unlawful. Such activities are a violation of section 220.070 of our City Codes and subject to fine.
The Byrnes Mill City Hall hosted a public workshop/discussion for more information on Single Waste Hauler (services) on June 13. The workshop was open to public and all were encouraged to attend.