Dothan city leaders are hoping a grant may off-set the cost of operating its recycling program.
Tuesday, the Dothan City Commission voted to accept a $298,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
It will be used to buy a recyclable baler. It's a piece of equipment that will pack the recycled items, like cardboard, together.
Officials say the baled materiel is more marketable, and they'll be able to get a better price.
They are currently searching for vendors.
City Manager Mike West says the recycling program has continued to grow. Currently, 6,000 homes out of Dothan's 25,000 residents are taking part in the recycling program.
"It's not going to be totally cost affective. Every ton that you divert from the landfill to somewhere else like recycling is positive," said West.
A portion of the grant will also be used to buy more blue bins for the curbside pickup. You can still sign up for that by calling Dothan Utilities or visiting dothan.org.
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