KEYSER - The City of Keyser expects to have a cardboard recycling bin available to residents within the next week.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The City of Keyser expects to have a cardboard recycling bin available to residents within the next week.
Mayor Damon Tillman announced Wednesday during the regular Keyser City Council meeting that the officials have been working on once again offering recycling to the city.
Keyser had a recycling bin near the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool until a little over a year ago, when the city administrator at that time had the bin removed because the trash hauling company was no longer offering the service for free.
In addition, some people were misusing the bins by placing household trash in them.
“We have had a lot of people asking us about recycling,” Tillman said Wednesday, noting that he had asked for bids on providing the service and received three.
The first bid was for  $355 to pick up the bin and $95 to drop it off, and the second was for $155 for pick up and $95 for drop off.
The third offer, however, had the perfect number - Zero.
“I am happy to tell you we will have recycling and we’ll have the bin in place no later than March 9,” Tillman said. “It will cost us nothing.”
Tillman emphasized, however, that the deal was only struck after the city promised the hauler that only cardboard would be placed in the bin.
“This is a trial basis,” he said. “If it goes well, we’ll possibly have another bin for paper and magazines.” If the bin is misused, however, the hauler will withdraw the offer.
Tillman said the bin will be placed on the city’s property at the wastewater treatment plant on Waxler Road, and will be open only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It will be monitored,” he said.
Tillman said the cardboard must be broken down before it is placed in the bin.
“The ball is in our court to do the right thing,” he said.