Hattiesburg citizens express recycling concerns

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -  Recycling was the topic of discussion during the Hattiesburg City Council's public meeting Monday night.

Several citizens came out to hear managers from Waste Pro in Hattiesburg, Sumrall, and Sumrall Recycling talk about how the program would work in the city if approved.

Once the floor was open to the public one major concern expressed was some apartment complexes not getting charged the same $1.74 like other Hattiesburg residents.

But Hattiesburg City Council President, Kim Bradley says those complexes on the city's garbage system would be charge; however, larger units with private carriers would not be a part of the recycling program. Another worry not so easily answered was for those who would not be able to afford the charge. Bradley says it's something he doesn't have a solution to.

"It is a concern. There are people who are at or below the poverty level that are paying the $17 garbage fee, because they have water in the city. Sure, that is a concern. Anytime you put a charge on someone like this for a program like this there are people that you are putting out. We need to find a way where it is not a burden on everyone. I don't exactly know that answer today," said Bradley.

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