Curbside recycling is currently available in Sterling Heights if homeowners opt-in and pay $57 a year for the service.
This is unacceptable. And it shouldn't be necessary.
In 2016, the City Council renegotiated Sterling Height's solid waste contract with Rizzo Services (now GFL). GFL offered weekly recycling to every home in the city for an additional $10 per year, per home.
The Council shortsightedly refused this deal, and instead forces residents to opt-in for recycling, which costs more, and requires a paperwork hassle.
In this day and age, Sterling Heights should both be protecting the environment and making life easier for residents.
In the future, I'll work to make recycling available to every Sterling Heights resident, aligning Sterling Heights with other communities that we currently compete with for residents.