For the past couple of years Dothan has been working on expanding their recycling program.
And with the help of a grant, now they can.
Dothan does have a recycling program, but it only reaches some of the residents.
“We've been partially collecting around different locations for about 4 years now, and we have a lot of requests across the city to expand that citywide.“ Assistant Environmental Service Manager Ken Rice said.
The city applied for a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Services to work on growing the program.
“This year we we're very pleased to hear we were awarded 248,000, which is actually one hundred percent of what we requested.” Rice said.
“The fact that the state has deemed worthy our request to expand the recycling program is very positive.” City Manager Mike West said.
“It will help us to purchase a couple more vehicles as well as more containers that we will be able to use at drop off locations around the city.” Rice said.
This will now allow recycling to go city-wide and create a program that will sustain itself.
“We anticipate a third of the city will be participating and we can actually handle that service with three vehicles.” Rice said.
The recycling program will be only inside city limits where there is also garbage collection.
All of this will have to be approved by the city commission.
It may take months before the program starts.