From the outset, Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy said last week, he has thought the city's recycling program should involve weekly pickups.
The service, introduced on a rolling basis throughout Columbus in 2012 and earlier this year, is offered every other week, with yard-waste pickups done in between. Recycling is available at all single-family dwellings and residences with four or fewer units.
Remy recently set out to see what could be done to ramp up the frequency of recycling collections.
The answer: Nothing very soon.
It turns out, he said, the city has a five-year contractual agreement with Rumpke Consolidated Cos. Inc.
Solution: City officials have made it "very affordable" to acquire a second recycling bin to go with the one that was provided free of charge as the service became available to different neighborhoods, according to Remy.
The cost is $40.08 for a second 64-gallon container like the blue ones dropped off during the roll-out, according to a page on the city's website devoted to the recycling program, http://publicservice.columbus.gov/Recycle/.
That includes sales tax.
That online address is where forms for ordering a second 64-gallon cart can be downloaded. They must be mailed in to the address provided, accompanied by a check or money order.
In espousing the value of increasing home recycling to the point where a second cart is needed, Remy told NCC members last week that he hopes city officials revisit the frequency of pickups when the five-year contract is up.
Also during his report, Remy once again urged more participation in committees organizing the NCC's signature events: an annual awards banquet slated for Thursday, April 11, and the Northland Community Independence Day Parade, a longstanding tradition.
"It takes a community to put these events on," Remy said.
On the banquet front, committee Chairman Bob Gale said he had received nominations from nine member organizations to honor 23 individuals.
"That's going well," Gale added.
He also said the invitations had gone out to civic association presidents and the leaders of other NCC member groups. RSVPs and payment is needed by March 29.
This year's event, once again being held at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center on Schrock Road, will have themed centerpieces, Gale said, but declined to say what that theme was to maintain a bit of mystery.
Parade committee Chairwoman Sandy LaFollette said a theme had been selected for this year's Fourth of July event, but other than saying it "has an international flavor" while also focusing on the birth of the nation, she likewise kept that a secret.
The next meeting of the parade committee is scheduled for Monday, March 18. More information is available by contacting LaFollette via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We're happy for any help you can give," she added.