Starting this spring, Caledonia residents will be able to roll their recycled garbage to the curb in a cart instead of using those blue bins.

The Caledonia Village Board voted 7 to 0 at its meeting on Monday to approve the use of recycling carts, which would be provided to residents by John’s Disposal Service Inc.

Several residents requested that the village look at using recycling carts with the hope that more people would recycle their garbage. The cost of the carts to taxpayers would increase their recycling fee $6 per year. But the upside is that other communities — like Racine — 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.

“Using the carts allows them to use an automated garbage truck,” Christensen said.

Village trustee Lee Wishau said one person asked who would keep up the carts if the rollers came off. Dan Jongetjes, of John’s Disposal Service, told the village board that they would maintain the carts.

Smaller carts available, but they would start giving residents larger carts first.

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.

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