Lafayette council to vote on a recycling contract that excludes glass _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- A Progressive Waste Solutions worker prepares to dump a residential recycling container into the collection truck Tuesday, March 22, 2016, on Dicarlo Drive in Lafayette, La.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote next month on a new recycling contract that excludes glass from curbside collection.

The proposed contract, which was introduced without discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting, also calls for residential garbage pickup and recycling pickup to come on the same day and for every home to receive a recycling cart.

Under the current contract, recycling carts are given out by request. Only 19,000 of the 38,000 eligible households have recycling carts, even though all city households eligible for recycling pay a monthly fee for the service, according to information from city-parish government.

The monthly recycling fee would remain at $2.40 per household until November 2017, when it could go up based on inflation using a formula tied the Consumer Price Index.

Annual rate increases would be capped at 8 percent.

Lafayette City-Parish Public Works Director Tom Carroll said last week that glass recycling was removed from the proposed contract because there is no longer a market for the material.

Few recycling companies are willing to handle glass any more, he said.

East Baton Rouge Parish considered excluding glass from its recycling program last year but ultimately changed course, opting instead to increase fees.

Lafayette’s new recycling contract is up for a final vote April 5.