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POSTED: April 12, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The Richmond Hill City Council is considering a second crack at citywide recycling, though some council members seem hesitant on the proposal.

On the heels of Bryan County starting a curbside recycling program with a rewards component for residents of unincorporated areas, Russ Hightower with Waste Management gave a brief presentation on potential twice-monthly curbside recycling to the council during its meeting Tuesday night.

But some council members, while saying that they support recycling, seemed reluctant to the idea.

“We’re mandating a service that’s not a vital necessity,” said council member Russ Carpenter.

Hightower told council members if they chose to implement the twice-monthly pickup program, residents would pay around $2.90 a month and receive a 96-gallon container from Waste Management, which also handles Richmond Hill’s trash collection.

Residents would not have to sort the recyclables, and they could toss glass, paper, aluminum and plastic and others into the one container.

“It makes things easier for consumers,” Hightower said.

Those who participate in recycling could sign up for Think Green Rewards, Hightower said, which allows residents to get coupons based on the pounds of waste recycled.

Richmond Hill had curbside pickup recycling in 1997, but it only lasted about a year. Hightower said at that time, the city used smaller bins and had to separate some of the recyclables.

For more, pick up a copy of the April 9 edition of the News.



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