Several Downriver communities offer recycling services from curbside pick up, either free or for a small fee, or free recycling drop off at a designated recycling center.
Trenton does not offer curbside recycling. Instead, residents can take recyclables to the Transfer Station at no cost.
Cities like Southgate and Woodhaven offer free curbside recycling. Riverview, much like Trenton, allows residents to drop off recyclables at a designated recycling center at no cost to the resident. Wyandotte offers curbside recycling through Waste Management for a fee of $7.55 per month.
Trenton officials attempted to implement curbside recycling in October 2004 for for a fee of $32.96 per year, but the required 300 residents needed to continue the service was not met and the service was discontinued in January 2005.
The program was offered to Trenton residents through a third party called Republic Services.
City Administrator Jim Wagner said the attempt failed miserably and no subsequent discussion has been made regarding curbside recycling in Trenton.
Some Trenton residents have voiced interest in curbside recycling on the Trenton Patch Facebook page. Four residents said they would be willing to sign a petition to get the service in Trenton -- if a petition existed.
Trenton resident Jen McConnell said she remembers when Trenton offered the service and would love to be able to use her old recycle bin for curbside service.
Wagner said the service would likely cost residents a reasonable fee if it were reinstated.
Trenton officials have not discussed curbside recycling. There are no plans of beginning the service.
Trenton Patch wants to know if curbside recycling would work in Trenton, if administrators were to give it another chance, and if residents would be willing to pay for the service.