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November 26, 2019
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What's New
Recycling service considers Bartlesville
Utah-based company accepting registration for program
Recyclops , a Utah-based company that offers recycling services in rural areas across the U.S., could implement a curbside collection program in Bartlesville — if enough people sign up for the service, said City Councilor Paul Stuart.

The company, which currently provides service to 14 cities and counties in Utah, Arizona and Texas, requires a minimum customer base of 500. Stuart says Recyclops hopes to begin servicing the Bartlesville and Dewey area, possibly as soon as January 2020.

"It’s always great when a company can come in and provide a service that people in our community want," Stuart said. "Curbside recycling will help families that can’t make it to the recycling center, including those that live outside city limits or in apartments. I’m excited to see how many people and small businesses sign up for this service. Based on how things are going, the company has indicated they could start the service in January."

The company's charges are based on the number of customers signed up for the service, starting with $10 per month for 500 customers. (The monthly fee is $15 if glass is also collected.) Once the subscriber base reaches 844 customers, the monthly fee drops to $8 per month, $7 per month for 1,687 customers, and $6 per month for 2,531 customers. With a customer base of 16,870 or more, the fee falls to just $3.27 per month.

"I expect the fee for our area to land between $6 and $8," Stuart said. "The company will communicate with customers throughout the process, though."

For the $10 monthly fee — or $15 for the addition of glass — Recyclops will collect recyclables twice a month. Items collected include:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans/aerosol cans

"My understanding is that once service starts, customers are billed a one time $10 set-up fee and $10 for a year supply of the company’s bags, which are delivered to each customer’s house, and then whatever the monthly rate ends up being," Stuart said. "So the maximum cost is $30 the first month then $10 in subsequent months."

Despite the requirement to provide billing information at sign-up, customers will not be billed until the service starts, he said.

The opportunity comes after the City of Bartlesville conducted the Solid Waste Survey asking residents which solid waste services they most wanted, including recycling, and how much they were willing to pay for those services. Consultants who conducted the survey told the City Council in September that adding curbside recycling collection would not be recommended at this time due to the results of the survey and depressed recycling markets. Consultants recommended the City continue with its recycling program, which includes a drop-off service at 10th Street and Virginia Avenue, and to be more proactive in educating the public about the center.

While Recyclops is not associated with the City of Bartlesville, Stuart says he believes the service could be a good option for residents who want collection services.

"This is independent of the City and City-issued utility bills," he said. "It is a completely voluntary subscription with a private company."

Stuart said the company is currently working through the permitting process. As of Monday, nearly 400 area residents had signed up for the service.

"They were up to 371 subscribers as of Monday, so they're about 75 percent of the way there," Stuart said.

For more information about Recyclops, see www.recyclops.com . To sign up for the service, visit https://recyclops.com/new-customer-pre-signup .
News & Updates
Trash routes amended for Thanksgiving
City of Bartlesville offices will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for Thanksgiving.

Thursday trash routes will be serviced on Wednesday, Nov. 27, this week. Friday routes will be serviced on Friday, Nov. 29, as regularly scheduled.

The recycling center will be closed on Thursday and will re-open as normally scheduled on Friday.

Police and fire service will continue with no interruption.

Offices will re-open Monday, Dec. 2, as normally scheduled.
Free leaf, grass pick-up is December 9-13
The City of Bartlesville’s next free leaf and grass collection will be held the week of Dec. 9 through Dec. 13.

The free event is held twice a year, in the spring and late fall, to assist Bartlesville residents with the disposal of their yard waste including leaves and grass.

Yard debris must be bagged and placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the resident's normal trash collection day. Small limbs may be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled; bundles may not exceed 50 pounds.

Yard waste stickers are not required during the event, and clear or colored bags may be used. The event is for residential properties only; no commercial collections will be made. There is no limit on the number of bags that may be left for collection. The event is for leaves and grass; trash is not permitted. Extra bags or items of household refuse outside the cart must have the red refuse sticker attached.

For more information, contact the public works department at 918.338.4131.

Photo by Mott Rodeheaver, Unsplash
Green Progress
Progress update
Tower Center at Unity Square

Construction continues on the Tower Center at Unity Square, located near Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue. Funding for the project is provided by the voter-approved 2018 General Obligation Bond and several grants and donations from local companies and organizations. Due to rainy conditions this year, the project is on-track for substantial completion in the first quarter of 2020.

Clockwise from top: Contract crews pour concrete for an ADA accessible ramp; new parking is under construction on the now-closed Silas Street, located north of the park; crews remove debris; construction is underway of the storage facility and restrooms.

For more information about this project, see www.cityofbartlesville.org .

 Photos by James Cutler
At a Glance
Mayor, City Council to meet with citizens

Mayor Dale Copeland announced recently that he and other members of the Bartlesville City Council will meet, upon request, with small citizen groups to hear input and ideas for the upcoming capital project elections. Anyone interested in meeting with Copeland and/or other councilors is encouraged to contact Executive Administrative Assistant Elaine Banes at rebanes@cityofbartlesville.org or 918.338.4282 to arrange a meeting. For more information about the council, see www.cityofbartlesville.org.
Meeting set for Explorer post sign-up

The next Bartlesville Police Department Explorer program sign-up meeting is 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the police department, 615 S. Johnstone Ave. The program is for youth ages 14-20. Bring parent or guardian to sign up. For more information, text Joan Glock at 918.213.5952 or email Cpl. Graham at jdgraham@cityofbartlesville.org.
Santa, Mrs. Claus to visit history museum

The Bartlesville Area History Museum, located on the fifth floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave., will host a Holiday Open House for children from 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 18. Special guests will include Santa and Mrs. Claus. The 1957 movie “Christmas Spirit," a heart-warming story about love, sacrifice and a blended family, is scheduled to be shown for all in attendance.
Volunteer Opportunities
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Board, Committee & Commission Openings

The City of Bartlesville has numerous boards, committees and commissions that are driven by citizen volunteers. All citizens are encouraged and welcome to apply.

Board applications are located  online  and  in the city manager’s office, located on the second floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave. Applications are kept on file for two years. To view a complete list, see  Boards, Committees & Commissions   .

The City currently has the following committee/board openings:

  • One opening on the Street and Traffic Committee
  • One opening on the City Planning Commission

For more information, visit the City's website,  www.cityofbartlesville.org.
Help Wanted
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Job Listing

The City of Bartlesville is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Maintenance Worker - Streets
Museum Coordinator - History Museum
Dispatcher - Police Department

For an application or more information, visit the City's  website  or the  Human Resources Department , located on the second floor at City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave.
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