The Madison Board of Public Works approved a recycling contract Monday with Rumpke.

The city signed a six-year deal with the company. Rumpke will provide a compactor and recycling boxes to the city. The contract can be extended for additional years if both sides agree to the extension.

The city will pay $400 a month for the compactor and $237.50 for each box or $475 for a load of recyclable boxes.

The rates listed in the contract will remain unchanged from April 1 until March 31, 2016. At that time, rates can be increased no more than 3 percent a year.

The city's contract will go into effect on April 1 and will expire March 31, 2020.

The Board of Works also approved purchasing a new trash truck that will be used to compact any recyclables picked up.

The city agreed to a lease-purchase plan for the truck, which costs $128,255. Payments will be made four times a year, with the last payment to be made in June 2017.

Mayoral aide Bob Cooke said there would be roughly $20,000 in capital improvements that would be needed, including work to the transfer station to allow the compactor to be installed by Rumpke.

In addition to starting the recycling program on April 1, the city also plans to roll out an education program to tell the public about the program and how to participate.

The Fire & Safety Committee of the City Council has spent a year researching a recycling plan before reaching this point. Board member Dave Carlow said this was a good deal because it would cut back on some costs related to trash pick-up.

"It's a win-win, not only for the city, but for the environment," Carlow said.

Streets Superintendent Doug Vest said the flat-bed trucks that are currently being used to collect recyclables would continue to be used by the city.

"It's going to be a huge saver in the long-run," Vest said.

Both items were approved unanimously by the board.

In other business:

• Police Chief Dan Thurston said the department received 49 applications for the open patrolman position, the most since he became chief. The vacant spot was created after Lt. Dan Slygh became the school resource officer.

Thurston said the hiring process will begin later this month.

• Fire Chief Steve Horton said the city fire department only received five calls during the month of February, none of which were actual fires.

The Board of Public Works will meet again on March 17.