Antigo city officials continue to search for a solution to the lack of a recyclable drop-off site for city residents.
Residents who do not contract with a provider for curbside pickup used to be able to take their recyclables to the Waste Management site on the north end of Deleglise Street. It was available for anyone, not just residents in the city of Antigo.
“Last year, Waste Management bought up Advanced Disposal,” said Mark Desotell, director of administrative services for the city of Antigo. “In that purchase, there was anti-trust language that meant Waste Management had to sell off some of their property. That included the Antigo transfer site.”
Immediately following the completion of the $4.6 billion purchase of Advanced Disposal, Waste Management and Advanced Disposal completed the sale to GFL Environmental of all of the assets required by the U.S. Department of Justice to be divested in connection with the Advanced Disposal acquisition.
GFL agreed to pay $835 million for those operations, which generated $345 million in revenue last year.
In its own announcement of the three-company asset divestiture agreement, GFL said it would acquire 32 collection operations, 36 transfer stations and 18 landfills. A press release noted the acquisition included recycling assets, but it didn’t identify or otherwise describe them. Most of the assets are in Wisconsin, although others are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
The immediate effect was that Antigo was without a drop-off site for recyclables.
Desotell said it was like the perfect storm—lack of a drop-off site at the same time residents were being bombarded with cardboard boxes due to online purchases for Christmas.
City officials responded with a temporary fix of placing several Dumpsters at West Pierce Avenue and North Hogan Street for residents to use.
The recycling Dumpsters are available to city residents daily and are emptied every Friday.
“Unfortunately, some people used it for more than recycling,” Desotell said.
The service is for city residents only. Those who live outside the city should contact their waste hauler or town officials for their recycling solution.
Charley Brinkmeier, director of public works, said people started leaving garbage at the site, and when the Dumpsters were full, instead of taking their recyclables home to return when the Dumpsters had room, many simply left their recyclables on the ground near the Dumpsters.
Brinkmeier said the city is now seeking requests for proposals for drop-off service for recyclables.
“It should be in the hands of the Public Works Committee in March and in front of the council in April,” he said.