Those blue recycling bins may be a thing of the past if a recommendation from the Fiance Committee receives approval from the Caledonia Village Board at its meeting on Monday. Several residents requested that the village look at using recycling carts with the hope that more people would recycle their garbage. If approved, the cost to taxpayers would increase $6 per year. But the upside is that other communities saw a 40 percent increase in the amount of recycling because they had larger containers available to them to use, said Caledonia village administrator Tom Christensen. A representative from John’s Disposal Service Inc. told the finance committee that they do have smaller carts available, but they would start out with the larger ones first. “Using the carts allows them to use an automated garbage truck,” Christensen said. The finance committee approved that recommendation at a meeting held last week. The Caledonia village board, which meets on Monday, would still need to give a final approval. But if it moves forward, residents could see the larger recycling carts by spring.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.