“We would like to work further with [the Camp Verde Town] Council to make the program as useful and attractive to the public as possible,” said Alex Rovang, Director of Education and Community Outreach for Sedona Recycles.
CAMP VERDE - In 2010, the Camp Verde Town Council voted 4-to-3 to end its service agreement with Sedona Recycles, Inc. Since that time, Sedona Recycles has provided recycling service to Camp Verde free of charge.
At the June 26 Town Council meeting, Town Manager Russ Martin announced that Camp Verde will pay $6,000 to Sedona Recycles for service. The money, coming from the Town's 2012-13 operational surplus, is less than what Sedona Recycles requested at the Council's June 19 regular session.
"Sedona Recycles serves a direct benefit to the public," Martin said. "[The $6,000 is] not quite what Sedona Recycles wants, but it's what the Town can do right now."
"We are really pleased with the outcome and look forward to continuing service in Camp Verde," said Jill McCutcheon, executive director for Sedona Recycles. "Our goal in working with Camp Verde will be to continue to improve the program and to expand opportunities for recycling. Camp Verde is very forward thinking in its approach to environmental issues and we are really happy to be working with them. It is a very positive partnership."
Alex Rovang, director of Education and Community Outreach for Sedona Recycles, told the Council that to provide recycling service to the Town, it costs Sedona Recycles more than $1,900 each month. Rovang said that Sedona Recycles would like the Council to pay $1,000 per month for service.
"Our ideal way of doing things would be to do everything for free," McCutcheon said. "But we can't. We need government assistance. Without that, to keep on [serving towns for free], we can't do it."
In 2012, Sedona Recycles collected nearly 4,000 tons of recycling from Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Sedona and the unincorporated areas of Big Park, Montezuma-Rimrock, Cornville and Verde Village.
"It is obvious that recycling is important to Council and they seem very positive about moving forward with helping us fund the recycling program in Camp Verde," Rovang said. "We would like to work further with Council to make the program as useful and attractive to the public as possible. This could mean moving the bins to make smaller satellite sites around town, or allowing them to be decorated to improve the aesthetic, as we know that there are several mural projects under way."
At the June 19 regular session, council member Robin Whatley spoke in support of retaining Sedona Recycles for Camp Verde's recycling business.
"I'm really committed to keeping recycling in Camp Verde," Whatley said. "I've been impressed with [Sedona Recycles]. I think the recyclables almost equal what I throw out as garbage."
Town council member Bruce George said he picks up recycling, calling it "a part-time job."
Sedona Recycles has provided two public drop-off locations in Camp Verde: one at the Camp Verde Heritage Community Pool on Apache Trail, and one at the Outpost Mall on Finnie Flat Road. In 2012, Camp Verde recycled 370.7 tons of material, 66.14 tons at the pool site and 304.50 tons at the Outpost Mall.
In 1999, Camp Verde became the first community in the Verde Valley to begin drop-off recycling with Sedona Recycles. Currently, Sedona Recycles picks up cardboard in Camp Verde three days per week, picks up paper twice each week and plastics and cans, also known as mixed material, twice each week. Sedona Recycles also picks up glass on an average of twice each week.
"As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are dedicated to teaching everyone young and old the importance of not only recycling, but the why and how of reducing the amount of waste that we make in the first place," Rovang said. "Camp Verde is doing a fantastic job of recycling right now, and it appears to only be more and more popular. With the renewed investment in the expenses of running the program in Camp Verde we will be able to continue to provide these sites for free to the public."