In central Ohio, Dublin is second when it comes to diversion of items from the dump through recycling.
In 2011, Dublin had a recycling rate of almost 45 percent, according to a staff memo to council.
Recycling had increased in Dublin since 2003, but fell in 2011 and 2012. In 2010, the city recycled 5,379 tons, but in 2011 that decreased to 5,001 tons. In 2012, 4,670 tons were recycled from Dublin.
Council member Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher questioned the change during a Jan. 28 meeting.
"When people don't have a lot of money, they're not buying a lot of products and recycling," said Dana McDaniel, deputy city manager and director of economic development, noting that is just a theory. "There's no empirical data to back that up."
According to information from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Dublin follows Grandview/Marble Cliff in recycling rates in the area. Chinnici-Zuercher suggested city staff look into what that area does to motivate residents to recycle.
McDaniel said the city will talk to SWACO and surrounding areas to see how they encourage recycling.
"I didn't offer any solutions in the memo, but that's not to say we're not looking," he said.
Dublin delivered wheeled recycling containers to residential homes between 2006 and 2009 to increase the rate of recycling in the city.
The city also works to divert waste from landfills through a yard waste program. In 2011, 4,726 tons of yard waste was collected and in 2012 4,512 tons were collected.
Dublin City Council members also last week approved an agreement to provide fleet services for Washington Township's light-duty vehicles.
The township has used different dealers and auto repair businesses for maintenance in the past, which resulted in down time for staff and, in some cases, higher costs, a memo to council stated.
Conversations about using Dublin maintenance began last year.
Services approved in the agreement include, "fueling, preventative maintenance services, diagnostic services, repair services and vehicle up-fitting," the memo stated.
Washington Township will pay Dublin $81 per hour for maintenance during regular business hours, $108 per hour for overtime and $135 per hour for holidays. The township will also be billed for parts.
In other council news, negotiations continue with Hilliard and Norwich Township regarding sharing fire, EMS and police dispatching services.
City Manager Marsha Grigsby said they've been meeting with Hilliard and Norwich Township officials to work out details on staff, cost and technical issues for Dublin to provide dispatching services for the other entities.