Should recycling be changed?


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Questions surrounding the county’s recycling program have been the topic of discussion a few times lately during previous fiscal court meetings. Since its inception a few years ago, the program has come under some scrutiny by those who claim they are flowing over with garbage because of the way the program is currently set up.

Scott Waste Services entered into an inter-local agreement with the unincorporated areas of the county and its four cities to handle curbside trash pickup. In the contract Scott picks up recycling in lieu of trash once a month. There have been some who have been vocal about wanting to go back to the way it was, having their trash picked up every week instead. Scott picks up approximately 70 tons of recycling materials per month in Logan County.

According to Randy Epley, a Russellville citizen who came to the Jan. 12 fiscal court meeting, he and many others he knows are having problems with overflow of trash and want something done.

“Regular garbage pickup is a need, not a want. I need my garbage picked up on a regular basis,” said Epley who is a proponent and an advocate of recycling, but says it’s not working the way it is currently set up.

Epley further stated garbage pickup was one of the fundamental functions of government, along with building and maintaining the county’s infrastructure such as the maintenance of our roads and insuring the safety of citizens through funding various police departments.

Before the county and cities jumped aboard the recycling initiative, a pilot program was implemented in the Sixth District and showed a great deal of interest. This was one of the reasons the program was put into the contract. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin was very supportive, as were the other court members at the time saying recycling was the responsible way and helped clean up our environment.

During the Tuesday, Jan. 26 fiscal court meeting, magistrate Dickie Carter said he was hearing from a lot of people that wanted the trash pickup service to go back to being picked up weekly and for recycling to be voluntary.

“I like recycling. But I don’t like the county telling me I have to recycle. I think that it needs to be changed,” said Carter.

Bouldin quickly responded to Carter saying, “The county doesn’t force anyone to recycle. You are not required to take trash pick up in the county if you don’t want to. And if you do and don’t want to recycle you don’t have to. But, the program calls for trash pick up every week accept for one during the month, which is set aside for recycling and that’s the program now.”

Judge Executive Logan Chick has been meeting with Pete Reckard of Scott Waste to try and come up with some options to the program. He will be meeting with him again this week and will bring the options to the court.

The Cities of Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg and Russellville have separate rules concerning waste pickup.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, eamil ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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