Gurtler talks to council

Mark Gurtler of De Kruif Sanitation shares a proposal with the Sheldon City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

SHELDON—Sheldon mayor Greg Geels offered his support for a plan presented by the city’s garbage haulers, which in theory would increase recycling and help automate trash collection.

“Our goal is to increase the amount of recyclables, which right now varies from 5 to 10 percent,” Geels said at the Wednesday, Oct. 2, Sheldon City Council meeting.

De Kruif Disposal and Schwartz Sanitation provided a letter to the city in September asking officials to change the city’s ordinance to require residents to purchase 65-gallon trash cans.

Those can be lifted with equipment attached to haulers’ respective trucks, which the companies previously have cited as more sanitary for its employees.

In exchange, the haulers will offer curbside recycling to every two weeks instead of twice a month, an increase of two pickups per calendar year.

Citing information from the haulers, Geels noted the city of Marcus has a recycling rate of 53 percent after switching to the 65-gallon cans.

“We see this as a very beneficial move for the city as well as the earth we live on,” Geels said. “We think it’s a great idea.”

Councilman Tom Eggers seconded the mayor’s comments.

“It’s exactly the direction we need to go,” he said. “We know that, in the future, our recycling efforts want to be stepped up and we want to prepare the community for that to happen and for us to ask the haulers to facilitate that extra service.”

Mark Gurtler of De Kruif Disposal said his business and Schwartz will offer the 65-gallon cans for sale as well as a 35-gallon can to accommodate people who do not want the larger size receptacle.

“We covered everybody from the single person to the bigger family on this,” he said.

Gurtler noted the 35-gallon cans cost $55-$60 and the larger can is $65-$70 and that they can last for more than a decade.

Sheldon resident Marv Van Riesen asked the city to hold off doing anything until checking with the city of Orange City to see how it does its process.

Since nothing could be formalized yet — an ordinance change requires at least three readings and public hearings — the council agreed to give city manager Sam Kooiker and city attorney Micah Schreurs permission to move forward on the hauler’s proposal.

In other business, the council approved:

  • Appointing Deanna Wood to the Sheldon Board of Adjustment.
  • A $185,942.08 pay estimate for the Crossroads North Business Park project.