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Council ditches Recyclebank

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TWIN FALLS • The Twin Falls City Council has taken Recyclebank to the curb.

In a 5-2 vote on Monday night, the council passed a resolution that will raise rates while ending recycle incentive program. While the move doesn’t prevent a proposed increase, it does make rates lower for Twin Falls customers.

Recyclebank rewarded recyclers with points that can be exchanged for coupons and free magazines.

Council members said while the recycle program proved successful, only 975 Twin Falls residents redeemed Recyclebank points in the last year.

Of the monthly sanitation rates, 83 cents went directly to Recyclebank.

“That just doesn’t seem like a good use of the public’s money,” said Councilman Jim Munn.

Not everyone agreed with the decision. Councilman Shawn Barigar and Mayor Greg Lanting voted to keep the program, saying they saw value in the system.

The city will still offer one-bin street-side recycling to its residents.

The resolution that did away with Recyclebank also raised water rates by 3 percent, sewer rates by 2 percent and sanitation rates by 1.16 percent.

During budget discussions, the council decided not to spend the city’s accumulated foregone balance, or the amount by which the city has declined to raise taxes in previous years.

Last week, when the city set its maximum spending amount for the next year, they included $1 million of that amount. After discussing potential ways to spend the money, including road projects and park improvements, the council unanimously voted against spending the money, which would increase tax rates.

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