BY MARY GARRISON
West Point is working toward rolling out another full blown curbside recycling program in city limits, though it may be late March before the program is fully on its feet.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the initiative was once offered to residents in both West Point and Clay County, via agreement with Waste Pro out of Tupelo. However, when the program failed to turn a profit, Waste Pro discontinued its recycling pick up services to the Golden Triangle.
Robinson said for a brief period, the curbside recycling program laid dormant in West Point. However, the city has formed a committee to retool the effort, and resumed pickup within city limits for those already enrolled in late December, taking recyclables to a local service for separation and private marketing. And while presently the city is not accepting new participants for curbside services, once details are “hammered out” the program will once again be open for business.
“We’ve got about 67 we’re currently serving,” said West Point Public Works Director and recycling committee member Joey Wright. “We pick up every other Tuesday right now. … We’re working on getting some grant money and looking into some things like getting new containers. The biggest thing we’re discussing right now is pricing.”
Wright said through Waste Pro, participants were given 96-gallon containers in which to place recyclables. According to Robinson, those who opted into the program paid a $10 fee for the containers to Waste Pro in addition to a discounted sanitation rate of $12 (as opposed to the $15 flat rate standard) to West Point.
“We’ve bumped everyone back up to $15, and we’re recycling” Robinson said. “We’re still working out all the details.”
In addition to pricing and containers, the city is hoping to get its hands on some additional equipment. Robinson and West Point Chief Adminstrative Officer Randy Jones petitioned the Columbus Board of Aldermen Tuesday, in hopes of obtaining a bailer to sort cardboard and paper during the recycling process. Robinson said Columbus has the equipment though it hasn’t been in use for several years.
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