Spring Hill considers adding curbside recycling

Oct 11, 2012 Full story: The Tennessean 18

Officials here are expected to decide next week whether to include curbside recycling in the city's new garbage collection contract.

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Do it

Spring Hill, TN

#1 Oct 11, 2012
I think it's a great idea!!! I feel it should be mandatory as well! If its only going to cost roughly $43 to place recycling service in place it will have a larger return by all the money that's saved!
Of course we will have the types that complain its their right to choose etc but truthfully they have no argument. If its their privilege to enjoy the city and facilities and roads & parks, then they should be willing to contribute. If they're not willing to give up their "right" to choose, they should be forced to give up their rights to enjoy the beautiful city of Spring Hill.
Jim

United States

#2 Oct 11, 2012
If it is going to save the city money, why are we paying an extra $43 for the service? Shouldnt the cost go down if that is the case? Maybe I missed something.
tom

Antioch, TN

#3 Oct 12, 2012
altho i would participate, they fees are starting to add up. i don't want any more increases on my water/sewer/garbage bill
LGD

Spring Hill, TN

#4 Oct 15, 2012
I love the idea!! I already pay D&M for weekly recycling and have for years. This is the first place we have lived that did not have curbside recycling pick up. And yes, there was always a charge built in to our water/garbage bill for this.
Samantha

Antioch, TN

#5 Oct 16, 2012
Welp, expect to pay more cause it passed yesterday.
NoFees

Columbia, TN

#6 Oct 22, 2012
What the Hell? Now, another manditory fee?
Rediculous! Why not a vote to see who actually wants the service?
Shouldn't recycling be VOLUNTARY? Some people already recycle, or don't have enough recyclables to make a difference.
In other cities, the recycling programs pays for itself. The notion that it's 'only' a few dollars a year is crazy. Many are already strapped with fees and the cost of living in general.
Those that want to use D&M (that speed through the residential neighborhoods)can still use them.
The city has once again slapped the citizen in the face by mandating a fee for something that should be voluntary. OR let the program pay for itself. Money is going to be made on the recyclables, and that should offset any costs that would have been passed on to the homeowner.
Maybe a stupid tax should be imposed on those that come up with such ideas.
Connie

Spring Hill, TN

#7 Oct 23, 2012
Ugh! I am so sick of them raising our WATER/SEWER/GARBAGE!!
ForcedToPay

Columbia, TN

#8 Dec 1, 2012
Right on COnnie! For those that want to have the service, let them pay. If we already recycle, don't force a manditory fee down our throats! Amy Wurth and possibly the Mayor are the only voices of reason here. As for the survey,$3000 of it was paid by Waste Management.
Remember when they approved the deluxe water bill to be sent in a letter form, with envelope? They said that inportant news etc. could be included in that envelope. Well, wht not the survey for everyone and not a select few? Makes too much sense. PUt a slip of paper in the water ill and ask if you wanted recycling or not. Send your bill in. Count the votes of EVERY citizen.
The spinners turn it around and say that if you don't agree, then you are against cleaning up the world , yada yada. It has nothing to do with saving the planet or anything like that.
WM makes money on selling recyclables, right? We are forced to do their job of sorting for them, but at our cost. They sort less and we do their work for them.
So, you can get 'points' to 'spend' on local businesses. Great, but that's a BS incentive. Many don't spend money on a regular basis here at the local cupcake shop, rib joint or baby clothes shop. If you do, then the fee is for you. If you aleady recycle, then you sohuldn't have to be forced to pay a fee for something you already do.
The city needs to rethink it's proposal,renew a standard waste removal service as before. Don't get duped like the city almost got duped when the Theme Park guy came along. Need to think it over and ask ALL the citizens how they feel.
Dexter

Spring Hill, TN

#9 Dec 2, 2012
How many residents of Spring Hill are aware that our taxes are higher than Franklin?

Our roads, services, facilities, planning, etc. do not even come close to Franklin.

This is just another tax on all of us.

What a joke!

Since: Jan 09

Spring Hill, TN

#10 Dec 4, 2012
I already recycle, and while I think it is great the city will take that on, I agree with others: Why doesnt this service pay for itself?

In some cities and states, they pay YOU for recycling. I understand our community isnt set up that way, but if this could at least pay for itself, I think no one would complain.

Plus like someone else mentioned, they basically take and sell our recyclables. So who pockets that money? Is it really going towards the betterment of our city, or in some CEOs pocket?
Dimwitty sucks

Caroleen, NC

#11 Dec 8, 2012
Im pretty sure the recycling pays for itself and the new fee tacked onto our bill will be going straight to the City of Spring Hill.
Freedom

Brentwood, TN

#12 Dec 10, 2012
Dexter wrote:
How many residents of Spring Hill are aware that our taxes are higher than Franklin?
Our roads, services, facilities, planning, etc. do not even come close to Franklin.
This is just another tax on all of us.
What a joke!
Uh, Franklin is over twice the size of your town and has been around a lot longer...
Dexter

Spring Hill, TN

#13 Dec 12, 2012
Freedom wrote:
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Uh, Franklin is over twice the size of your town and has been around a lot longer...
So, based on your statement, Franklin had higher taxes in the past and lowered them based on growth. No that's not true.

Also, since they are larger, they have higher costs. Their own school district for one. As well as a decaying infrastructure, which Spring Hill does not have. So what is the advantage of size and age? None.

Please think your comments through, or get some data.

Freedom

Brentwood, TN

#14 Dec 12, 2012
Dexter wrote:
<quoted text>
So, based on your statement, Franklin had higher taxes in the past and lowered them based on growth. No that's not true.
Also, since they are larger, they have higher costs. Their own school district for one. As well as a decaying infrastructure, which Spring Hill does not have. So what is the advantage of size and age? None.
Please think your comments through, or get some data.
I just wasn't sure why you were bringing Franklin into the discussion...

Not trying to pick a fight or anything, but I'm just curious as to what the "decaying infrastructure" is in Franklin you speak of? Especially after you said that Franklin has better roads, services, and facilities.
Dexter

Spring Hill, TN

#15 Dec 12, 2012
Freedom wrote:
<quoted text>
I just wasn't sure why you were bringing Franklin into the discussion...
Not trying to pick a fight or anything, but I'm just curious as to what the "decaying infrastructure" is in Franklin you speak of? Especially after you said that Franklin has better roads, services, and facilities.
I mentioned Franklin to draw a comparison on what you get in return for your tax dollar. In my opinion, having lived in both, you get better services and leadership across the board, for less taxes in Franklin.

The aging infrastructure I'm referring to is the revitalization of the downtown area, new police station, an aged water/sewer system, etc., which Franklin has faced in the last ten years.

The only cost of recycling in Franklin is the purchase cost of the blue bags, which is minimal compared to Spring Hill's monthly charge. Also, participation is optional.
Dog

Franklin, TN

#16 Dec 12, 2012
Dexter, if you don't think the Spring Hill infrastructure is decaying then I'm not sure you are very familiar with the City. Have you seen the roads? Open ditches everywhere, no sidewalks, substandard designs, rutted lanes, etc. plague Spring Hill's major roadways (Buckner Road and Lane, Duplex, US 31, etc.). I'll take Franklin's roads over ours any day of the week.
Dexter

Spring Hill, TN

#17 Dec 14, 2012
Dog wrote:
Dexter, if you don't think the Spring Hill infrastructure is decaying then I'm not sure you are very familiar with the City. Have you seen the roads? Open ditches everywhere, no sidewalks, substandard designs, rutted lanes, etc. plague Spring Hill's major roadways (Buckner Road and Lane, Duplex, US 31, etc.). I'll take Franklin's roads over ours any day of the week.
Dog, you are correct. I did not intend to say that Spring Hill has no infrastructure issues. I meant that they are not dealing with them like our neighbor to the north.
really

Franklin, TN

#18 Jan 16, 2013
Why should we be forced to pay a fee for something that is already free? The Thompson Station Convience Center accepts all your things to recycle, including glass. Also, right behind Foodlion you may recycle there, and they take glass. The "driveby service" will not take glass. I should mention this is again, all "FREE"!!!! Not one penny out of my pocket or yours has to be spent. FREE!!!! Isn't that how government works today? TAX AND SPEND!!! I'm sick of it!!! Election time is coming, and many alderman are up for re-election as well as the mayor. Make your vote count! Be informed. Please know that each alderman voted FOR the recycling and Amy Wurth did not. Maybe you are for the curbside recycling, please be informed of all the decisions that the aldermen and the mayor have imposed up on us. There are a few of these aldermen running for mayor. Make sure your questions are answered! More importantly, make sure these men and women that serve us here in Spring Hill are available to take our calls and hear our voices. Please vote everyone! It DOES count!!!!!

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