Magistrate Dickie Carter wants the curbside recycling program stopped, saying it is costing the county too much each month and in his opinion people don’t want it.
During post agenda items at the most recent fiscal court meeting held Monday, June 27, Carter brought up stopping recycling once again.
“I think we need to look at something else,” said the First District Magistrate. “Why are we paying to recycle?”
The county and cities of Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg and Russelville entered into a countywide contract with Scott Waste LLC in 2015, which included a co-mingling curbside recycling program. With this agreement, two containers were delivered to customers, one for waste and one for recyclables. Scott Waste picks up the waste containers ever week accept one during the month in which recycling is picked up in lieu of waste.
This, said Carter and Fifth District Magistrate Jo Orange, has drawn many complaints in both their districts that trash has been piling up due to the missed pickup for recycling.
Advocates of the program say if you recycle correctly you won’t have an overflow of trash on the week recyling is picked up.
“I’ve had more complaints from people asking why we are paying for recycling, as well as trouble with smell from piling up garbage,” Orange said.
When the program first began, the county was actually making money from selling the recyclable material Scott Waste collected and took to a receiving station in Nashville. However, over the past year commodities have dropped in price and the county has been paying to have them taken to a station in Louisville.
The recycling program was never decided upon for the funds that may or may not be generated by the sale of commodities, according to Sixth District Magistrate Thomas Bouldin. It was icing on the cake. “It’s the right thing to do,” Bouldin has said in the past.
Third District Magistrate Barry Jo Wright agrees with Bouldin, and says if the county went back to the way it was, it would cost the customer more in the long run.
“There will be additional charges to the customer if the recycling has to be taken to a landfill,” said Wright. “I think there are some that don’t like to recycle, but I think the majority do. Recycling is the right thing to do.”
Judge Executive Logan Chick said getting out of the recycling program is not easy. The program is under contract with the unincorporated areas of the county as well as all four cities within it. Chick told Carter the cities would have to be involved.
“I suggest we call a meeting of the cities if you want to discuss stopping the program,” said Chick to Carter.
Scott Waste picks up approximately 70 tons of recycling materials per month in Logan County, which is product kept out of the landfill.
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