City of Enterprise leaders hold town hall on recycling program

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ENTERPRISE, Ala (WTVY) -- Dozens packed the Enterprise Farmer's Market Wednesday to hear from city leaders about the future of the recycling program.

Since being established in 2009, only 27% of the homes are signed up with the program.

Enterprise Public Works Director, Michael Walters says, "We need to start putting on our 2018 glasses and look at what we need to do for the future of the program. It does cost us a lot of money."

In fact, it costs the city more than $400,000 a year, and it's making zero profit.

Wendy Sexton who lives in District 2 of Enterprise said to the city leaders, "We are not making an impact people, I am sorry. But 27% of us are recycling and we are making a 25% impact in our carbon footprint. We are not making an impact in this town."

That's not the only issue, the one's who are recycling aren't always doing it right, and it could contaminate the whole bag.

Jackqui Hawkins who lives in District 5 of Enterprise says, "I'm very disappointed that they're not recycling plastic, no one knew that, and that's one of the biggest things I have to recycle."

Celeste Page lives in District 2 of Enterprise, and she said, "I'm uncertain about the future of our city's recycling program. My hope is that with better education, and that the council will take back what they heard from the citizens, and implement a way to better educate our community."

Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper tells us, "We're going to have to do a better job of educating the people on what's recyclable, and what's not recyclable. Because when we pass out those green bags, many times, people don't really know what to put in and what not to put in."

They hope to take this frustration from the community and turn the program around.

The current fee the city charges for recycling and garbage pickup is $10.50 a month.

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