Yakima pilot recycling program could launch in the spring

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima is looking to test out curbside recycling through a pilot program. KIMA has new information on where the program might be launched and how many households could benefit.

Right now, if you want to recycle in Yakima, it's up to you to get it done. You can head to a recycling center or hire a company to come pick up your items.

Yakima has no curbside program. But, that's about to change.

Officials are hoping to roll out a pilot program as soon as April. At no charge to neighbors.

"I would be all for that."

Nancy Heid is an avid recycler, collecting items from anywhere she can. She had this drop-box shed built for public use. Nancy sponsors children overseas with the money she earns.

"Our landfills are getting filled up with a lot of stuff that's unnecessary, that can be recycled."

Yakima is honing in on where the pilot would be launched. The Kissel park neighborhood is a likely possibility. Up to 600 households could be served.

Angena Stanfield lives in that area. She's says the long-term success of a city curbside recycling program will depend on how much the city charges neighbors after the pilot ends.

"If it's free right now, that's great, but if there's going to be a charge, then I think that's going to be the crux of which way that vote will go."

A 2013 survey showed most neighbors would support a fee of $2.50 per month. Any amount above $5.00, they strongly opposed.

"If it's a little less than a Starbucks coffee, sure," says Stanfield.

A consulting firm has been hired to come up with a rate structure.