WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to spend $1.1 million for new large recycling carts. Mayor Bill Saffo says this will save the city money in the long run, as well as offer residents some immediate savings.
"We will recover the cost pretty quickly, but immediately there is about a $222,000 savings to the city taxpayers in the first year that we implement this, one of the things, trying to save money in regards to picking up trash," Saffo said.
Citizens will receive a questionnaire about the new recycling program, and it could be in effect late this year. Green residents like Deanna Mummert like the idea.
"I think it's a very good capital expenditure it would be well worth it if people were able to fill those up instead of going into a landfill," Mummert said.
In other business, parking came up again. Specifically, should the city reverse its consideration to extend parking meter collection until 9 p.m.? Council voted not to add extra hours to encourage people to come downtown after work.
Mayor Saffo thinks the city is working to give residents what they want.
"I think the council has been respectful of the wishes of the citizens and the business downtown," he said. "We waited until we made any adjustments to our parking rates downtown, and it seems to be paying dividends."
Wilmington City Council also voted to suspend closing the 2nd Street parking deck at midnight. They want to keep it open and collecting parking fees 24 hours a day.