Turning Recycling Into Cash

They might look like eyesores, but they are signs of progress for the City of Dothan.

To the average eye, this recycling container in Dothan looks like a big, old mess.
But to people who recycle, like john white, this mess is a good thing.

"You see that they are full you know at least people are recycling and are bringing things over here," says Dothan resident John White.

Dothan assistant environmental services manager Ken Rice agrees.

"If any of our containers or sites are over flowing it's actually a good sign for us because it means, a lot of participation," says Ken Rice.

At least one other recycling container in the city is just as full as the one we showed you on Redmond road.

According to officials, crews pick up the items at all six locations once a week.
The overflowing issue isn't the only good news for Dothan when it comes to recycling.
Once those items are compacted, how does plastic, cardboard, and other materials turn into cash for the city?

"We are given a certain amount of money, for each of the ton that we provide to them, that money is paid to the city," says Ken Rice.

So more stuffed to capacity containers, means more money, and that means...

"We're going to be adding a couple of more containers that we may be able to utilize, we're also purchasing another few thousand of blue bins that we will be able to provide to residents," says Ken Rice.

Residents, like John White, who can help turn a recyclable mess into money.

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