City Of Dothan Soon To Pilot Recycling Program

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

The Dothan City Commission announced the idea two months ago. It is expected to happen six months into 2008, and residents should be ready.

The Environmental Services Division of Public Works in Dothan is currently finalizing details of a recycling pilot program.

They are waiting for their new $140,000-dollar recycling truck as well as 4,000 blue recycling bins that have been ordered.

City officials have several reasons why it would benefit residents.

Cynthia Green said, "Number one; it’s environmentally safe, and two, most importantly; it saves the tax payers money because we would have to take out taxpayers money to use it toward additional landfill space. So, it’s going to be good for everyone."

The current landfill has about three years left, and building a new one could cost up to $5 million dollars.

City Manager Mike West is trying to get as many people involved as possible.

To convenience residents, recyclables will be picked up the same day trash is.

West said, "The theory there is most people across the country are trained to put out their garbage. If they put their recycling out on the same day, they tend to participate."

The city is also in the midst of deciding the neighborhoods that will be involved.

There are probable locations, but they will not be determined until 7500 surveys are sent across the six districts in order to find areas that are most interested in participating.

Green continued, "As soon as that information is determined, we will release that to our citizens. The key to recycling is going to be participation, so it’s going to be our job as a city to make you want to participate in curbside recycling."

It’s expected to begin June 1st and if things go well, it could go citywide.

In that case, another truck may be purchased, and more blue bins will be lined up on the sidewalk.

Here is an idea of what would be included in the program: newspapers, magazines, computer and notebook paper, plastic, and aluminum.

Items not eligible include food cartons, cardboard, and glass bottles.

And, if you are interested in getting an early start on recycling, you can dump your goods at one of three drop off locations.

There is one on Westgate Park, one across the street from Public Works Complex on the Circle, and the Dothan Utilities Complex.

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