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Wilmington thinks $1.1M investment on recycling bins will pay off in long run

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington wants to replace its current recycling bins. It will come at a cost.

Tonight, City Council is expected to pass a resolution authorizing the city to spend $1.1 million on new recycling bins. A city spokeswoman says this will actually end up saving the city money in the long run.

Currently Wilmington residents use 18-gallon for recyclables. The idea is to get rid of these bins and replace them with bins that are the same size as the current trash bins.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says the larger bins will allow the city to pick up recycling every other week, instead of every week. That will let the city cut five positions, which will save about $200,000 a year.

Residents we spoke with think the new bins are a good idea.

"Oh, I think it's a very good capital expenditure," Deanna Mummert said. "It would be well worth it if people were able to fill those up rather than for it to go into a landfill."

The city says costs to residents would not go up. It would take about five years to pay off the bins. After that, the city would start saving money.

Talbert says the city will not layoff anyone. These are positions that have not been filled yet, so they would simply be eliminated.

City Council meets at 6:30 p.m.

Also tonight, City Council will again look at extending the hours on downtown parking meters. Back in October, Council tabled a proposal to extend enforcement hours on the meters from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Talbert says city staff is not recommending council approve the move. One reason: revenue. The city is now earning more money from the extended hours on the parking decks, so right now extending the hours on the meters is not necessary.

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