"I just don't see the use in this program anymore," he said.
Finance committee members met immediately before the full council meeting, and the trash bag issue was discussed there before being passed.
Councilman Edward Talkington, a West Side Democrat, said the recycling center on Slack Street may not accept recycled materials in clear trash bags in the future, and that part of the agreement with Waste Zero may need to be changed in the future.
Charleston will not be the first city to contract with Waste Zero to provide trash bags. Waste Zero Vice President Dennis Wise said his company has similar contracts with 89 other communities across the country.
City Manager David Molgaard said the bags would have drawstring ties and seem to be more durable than some trash bags in previous years.
Waste Zero was one of four companies that placed bids for the contract. One of those companies, Interboro Packaging, based in Montgomery, N.Y., provided two bids that were lower than Waste Zero, but those bids did not meet the city's minimum thickness requirements for the bags.
Council members also:
n Approved changes to traffic laws on some city streets. Those changes are: the creation of a two-hour parking zone on Leon Sullivan Way from Lewis Street to 245 feet south of Lewis Street, the establishment of a 15 mph speed limit on Front Street and the reinstatement of two-way traffic on Sixth Street between Hunt Avenue and Russell Street.
n Approved a lease agreement in which Casto Technical Services Inc. will lease 10 parking spaces on Leon Sullivan Way for 10 years, at a rate of $45 per month, per space.
n Approved the $5.4 million budget for the Civic Center for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. The Civic Center expects to bring in $4.4 million in total revenue next fiscal year. It will also receive $1.38 million in subsidies.
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