As the countywide curbside recycling program enters into its third year, questions about costs and its popularity are still surfacing, with one magistrate in particular still not satisfied with it.

"It's costing the county too much money," said Dickie Carter, who has been vocal about the program almost since its beginning. "I am all for recycling if you can afford it."

The recycling program first began in 2013 as a pilot program in magistrate Thomas Bouldin's district. Bouldin was very instrumental in kicking off what he said: "was the right thing to do."

Because of the pilot's success, the program was soon offered to everyone through Scott Waste Services in 2015. Recycling bins were delivered to customers at .45 cents added to their monthly bills. This cost, according to Scott Waste was to cover the purchase of the added bins.

In the beginning, the county and four cities actually made money from selling the recyclables to a receiving station in Tennessee. However, since China has all but stopped taking the countries commodities, the market has dried up for generating money from recycling.

Bouldin reminds skeptics making money was never the reason for beginning the program, but an added extra.

"When the county looked at our options and tried to come up with a program that would get us started recycling it was never our intent to generate money. Our focus was first how to eliminate some of our material going into a landfill," said Bouldin. "In the beginning, we were getting a little money for our recycling when China was buying, but this is not the case now. But it never was a deciding factor."

Scott Waste claims they make no money off of the county's curbside recycling program. They act as a middleman between QRS in Louisville who takes the recycling and distributes it to be reused for products. Because the market has dropped and the value is no longer there, it costs the county between $33-$25 a ton to turn in their recycling to QRS.

During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the county had to pay $12,161 to recycle. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year to date (end of January) it has cost the county $12,769.

According to Pete Reckard, district manager for Scott Waste Services, 75 percent of what the county takes to QRS is getting recycled.

Reckard attended Tuesday's fiscal court meeting to answer questions from members of the court concerning the recycling program.

"This is a successful program," said Reckard adding the majority of customers he hears from want the recycling picked up twice a month instead of once. Carter strongly disagreed with Reckard saying all the people he hears from don't like to recycle.

"Most of this stuff is going to end up in the landfill anyway," said Carter.

Reckard told Carter he was only saying what he thought and not what was actually going on.

"This is an internal discussion between you all (the court). We were hired to provide this service for you. We are here to be a part of the community," said Reckard.

Magistrate Jo Orange said she felt the county needed to continue with the program, but keep an eye on the costs.

"The county is doing the right thing by recycling," said magistrate Jack Crossley.

Judge Executive Logan Chick chimed in on the program and its offering.

"It's a service like any other the county provides. We are not in it to make money. The county isn't a money-making business. I am sure there are going to be people, like with anything, that may not want something, but I feel the majority of those in Logan County want to recycle," said Chick.

Bouldin says you have to look at the big picture.

"Recycling is the right thing to do on many levels. It's better for our environment. If we were to go back and rebid our waste management services without recycling it would be a higher cost to the customer if Scott had to haul it off to a landfill," said Bouldin. "We can't always do something just because it's the cheapest. That's not a good practice. You have to look at the overall impact. And it's actually cheaper for us to recycle than not to."