Curbside Recycling of Clothing and Small Household Goods Has Come to Westland.
Mayor William R Wild and the Westland City Council have added a new recycling program to enhance Mayor Wild’s Mission:Green initiative. At its first meeting in September 2015, the Westland City Council approved a four-year contract with Simple Recycling, which will provide a free collection service weekly. The City will receive $20 per ton of materials collected by Simple Recycling. Westland has had bi-weekly curbside recycling of plastics, paper and glass for several years. Like the existing recycling programs, the Simple Recycling collection is aimed at reducing the amount of material that ends up in landfills.
Simple Recycling will provide residents large green bags for the recyclable items and leave a new bag when a collection is made from the curb. The items must be clean and dry for collection. The household items — small furniture and appliances like toasters, microwave ovens and coffee makers, computers and electronics and kitchen items like pots, pans, dishes and silverware — have to be something one person can carry to the curb. If something is not accepted, the item will be left behind with a tag explaining that.
Simple Recycling will be educating residents about the program through letters and packets of information with recycling tags and bags to place at the curb. A third mailer is designed to explain the pickup schedule.
Mayor William R. Wild recently announced further DTE Energy street lighting improvements in Westland for Spring 2015 as part of its efforts to continue to improve energy efficiency. The project will only cost the City of Westland $ 29,688 after a $16,600 DTE Luminaire Credit and a $17,759 DTE Energy Optimization Rebate. The cost will be paid out of the City’s Metro Act Fund. DTE will convert 166 streetlight fixtures to LED fixtures and will convert series streetlight circuits to multiple streetlight circuits along Wayne Road between Glenwood and Warren and between Central City Parkway and Parkgrove. This project will save the City of Westland $23,136 annually with a projected payback of 1.2 years.
“The City of Westland is excited to partner with DTE Energy for this investment in our aging lighting infrastructure. These improvements are much-needed and will address the safety concerns of our residents,” stated Mayor Wild. The current street lights pose problems because when one street light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected. The upgrades, to LED from mercury vapor, will ensure that when there is a problem with one street light, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate. In addition, the new lights will be significantly more energy efficient.
In September 2014, history was made in the City of Westland, when the new Westland City Hall opened up at 36300 Warren Road. A long vacant retail building located in the heart of Westland’s Shop and Dine District was transformed into the building and site you see in the picture above. Westland’s TIFA district funded the project which resulted in the consolidation of all of the City Departments under one roof. Many changes were made to the existing building to make it the new state-of-the art facility that it is today. None were more important than the changes that were implemented to make it a more environmentally friendly building and site. Environmentally conscious upgrades include the extensive use of LED lights in the building interior as well as the extensive use of natural lighting throughout the building to reduce the amount of electricity used, lowering the carbon footprint of the City. High efficiency boilers and HVAC units were installed and motion-sensor light switches were utilized throughout the building so that lights are off when rooms are not in use. Attention was paid to encouraging the reduction of paper throughout the building, in the bathrooms, as an example, with the use of hand dryers instead of towel dispensers. State-of-the-art electronics have been installed by our IT department throughout the new building with over 13 miles of wires and cable to ensure the use of the most energy efficient and upgradable technology.
All of these items, and more, were designed and installed to ensure the long-term viability of the building and to make the City Hall as environmentally friendly as possible given the constraints of retrofitting an old building. The citizens of Westland can be proud of the green components of the new City Hall, all designed to reduce the city’s carbon footprint with the same goals in mind as any other Mission:Green project, making the City of Westland a greener place to live, work and play.
At an event held in November, Mayor William R. Wild took the opportunity to highlight the Westland Police Department’s efforts at making Westland, not only a safer community but a greener place to live, work and play. On July 1, 2014, the Westland City Council approved the purchase of 20 new police vehicles to patrol the streets of Westland and keep our neighborhoods safe. They approved the purchase of 8 Ford Explorer Interceptor SUV’s and 12 Taurus Police vehicles. These new vehicles are more technologically advanced and more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. All 20 vehicles are powered by E-85 gasoline which is more fuel efficient and results in less tailpipe emissions, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the City. At the November 25, 2014 event, Mayor Wild presented the coveted Mission: Green Eco-Award to the City of Westland Police Department recognizing their new green fleet and honoring their efforts at making our All-American City a greener place to live, work and play. Special thanks to service station owner Steven Hamade, pictured here with Mayor Wild and City administrators and elected officials. for offering E-85 at his station located at Warren Road and Newburgh Road; one of three such stations offering E-85 now in the City of Westland.