Recycling May Return in Dothan

The city of Dothan used to collect and sort recyclables, but discontinued the service a few years ago because of the cost. Since the switch to automated garbage service, the city is reconsidering collecting recyclables.

There are three collection sites for recyclables throughout the city of Dothan. However, they only generate about 1/50 of the amount as recyclable curb-side collections.

The city stopped collecting the items because of its $250,000 a-year cost. A dollar amount the city may be able afford since the switch to automated garbage.

Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas says, "It's just the staff and elected officials and citizens that determine to what level they want to participate. The more we can get citizens to participate, the less cost there is for the city and citizens."

There are a lot of ideas and options being considered from having residents sort their own recyclables to purchasing equipment and possible even hiring more personnel.

City officials are expecting to make these decisions through the summer, then perhaps re-implement the service by early fall.

The city has saved about $600,000 annually since the switch to automated garbage service, which would pay for the $200,000 a year price tag for recycling.

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