Bob Hill, Tama city representative on the Tama County Waste Disposal Commission, answered some city council questions about the recycling bins which have caused some concern lately.
He said the recycling program was put in place by the commission some 20 years ago. in an agreement worked out then, the commission pays for the recycling bins and the associated contract pick up and recycling costs.
The 12 cities in the county, including Tama, are responsible for providing a recycling bin site and its maintenance.
Reports of prohibited materials being placed in the collection area and overflowing containers have prompted some citizen complaints.
Hill said some of the problems surface in the winter due to snow with the front portions of the bins filling up but people not wanting to walk to the back of the bins through snow or mud.
For landfill operations, Hill said the commission believes it has land to allow for collections over the next 25 years.
He said this does not come without a cost. Creation of a new cell in which to deposit material can run $1 million or more, he said.
Residents of all areas are assessed a per capita charge of $16 to fund future landfill development costs.