The iRECYCLE program has operated in limited areas for several years. Now, it is expanding city wide.
"It’s something we've wanted to do for several years now. We've been working toward getting equipment personnel in place,” explained Ken Rice, Assistant Environmental Services Manager.
Monday, the city of Dothan had a special event for residents to sign up for the program. Starting June 17th, residents who have green garbage carts can recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, and cans at their convenience.
"We already have been recycling. We've been taking it to a location on Westgate and now it’s going to be a lot easier now because you can just take it out on your day of trash,” said Dothan resident, Bernardo Defaria.
The city will start establishing routes on May 21st. Roughly 2,200 residents will have access to iRECYCLE and city officials hope to expand that number to 8,000.
"Alabama has a goal of 25% recycling and I think this will certainly add to that number state wide. But as a city, we're in that neighborhood already,” Rice remarked.
The event saw a steady stream of residents.
Defaria stated, "I’m a firm believer that the community has to be involved with recycling. I think it’s good for the environment."
"There's always a limited space on landfill so it’s a good thing to recycle,” added Sharon Roberts from the Public Works Department.
If you missed today’s sign up event, there are other ways to participate in iRECYCLE. You can call Environmental Services Office at (334) 615-3820 or register online by visiting the iRECYCLE section located on the City’s homepage (www.dothan.org). Sign up cards will also be sent out to eligible households next week that you can return by mail or drop off at Dothan Utilities.