COTTONWOOD - The City of Cottonwood will close down its Sixth Street recycling center and move the operation to the solid waste transfer station at the south end of Mingus Avenue.
The council has been mulling over the recycling issue over several council sessions.
After a couple of considerations, the board awarded the recycling contract to Waste Management, which also won the contract for solid waste hauling. The new contract has specific provisions for handling glass as well as electronics on a regular basis.
Cottonwood has struggled over the Sixth Street recycling center because it is frequently not kept clean and organized. During the last year, Verde Earthworks has held the contract for its operation.
"I am uncomfortable with the number of people who are not happy with the way the area is kept," said Randy Garrison.
Councilman Jesse Dowling pointed out that there is no shortage of recycling opportunities for citizens with eight locations with recycling dumpsters at last count.
The city has been questioning why it should continue to offer a contract for the service. Dowling said it would be "redundant" to pay for the additional location.
Terence Pratt, meanwhile, said he was concerned about moving to the transfer station, "Sixth Street is a good site." Pratt voted against the motion.
Waste Management preferred the transfer station site for its security.
Under the agreement, there would be no cost for the recycling contract, except for glass and for disposal of CRT TVs.