CAMP VERDE – Recycling bins at the Heritage Pool and Outpost Mall in Camp Verde will be removed effective June 1, according to a May 1 certified letter from Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon to Town Manager Russ Martin.
“We appreciate our long relationship with the town of Camp Verde and we are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the last 19 years,” McCutcheon’s letter states.
A prior story incorrectly stated Sedona Recycles gave notice that Camp Verde, Clarkdale and Cornville drop-off recycling bins will be removed on June 1. Only the Camp Verde recycling bins will be removed June 1, and Sedona Recycles signed a new contract to continue service for another year in Clarkdale in March. This story has been corrected to reflect those inaccuracies.
She continued, “We can no longer afford the increasing expense of hauling with aging equipment while at the same time experiencing a drastic prolonged drop in material prices and increased material specifications.”
McCutcheon said in order to keep Sedona Recycles strong and viable, the non-profit has “made the difficult decision to no longer haul materials from outside the Sedona/Big Park area with the exception of business recycling.”
The decision in Camp Verde comes on the heels of Sedona Recycling signing a new one-year contract with Clarkdale, said Town Manager Gayle Mabery. The Clarkdale contract, said Mabery, runs April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, for $425 a month.
“They service one drop-off site in Clarkdale, which is on Clarkdale-Jerome School property on upper Main Street. It is a very well used site in Clarkdale,” said Mabery.
Tuesday, Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison said Yavapai County Public Works received a call from Sedona Recycles requesting a 30-day notice to cancel the non-profit’s recycling services in the unincorporated areas of the Verde Valley.
Sedona Recycles has not had a drop-off site in Cottonwood since 2015, after the city discontinued funding for the non-profit, said City Manager Doug Bartosh.
Camp Verde had been paying about $2,000 a month for the recycling bins. Town Manager Russ Martin said he had budgeted for a slight increase in the service for the coming year.
“I believe the loads, or the distance, became too much for them,” said Martin. “I empathize with the decision Jill and board had to make, and I have to respect that decision.”
Martin said the discontinuance of service in Camp Verde “had not been on our radar for discussion,” but he said he is not really surprised by the decision. “This was probably one of their better options,” said Martin.
The town manager said the immediate solution in Camp Verde is to allow commercial haulers to provide curbside service, for which he said the “cost is not too prohibitive.”
Beyond that, “Right now, we have nowhere to go,” said Martin. "Maybe in the future we can figure out an alternative.”
As for Sedona Recycles’ contract renewal in Clarkdale, Martin said, “That is news to me.”