Lamar County recycling efforts put to waste

Lamar County's public recycling attempts will end soon, and the system has been in place for less than two years. The county signed a contract to partner with Sumrall Recycling in August 2012.

Sumrall serviced the bins for Lamar County. Recycling did not cost Lamar County taxpayers anything, but Lamar County's District 4 supervisor Phillip Carlisle says the point of contention was when employees found a variety of toxic items strewn about on conveyor belts.

"One of the items they said they found was some medical waste," Carlisle said.

"A contaminated needle was found."

A contaminated needle wasn't the only odd thing that was discovered by Sumrall Recycling employees. Two people told Seven on your Side that an animal carcass was also found on one of the conveyor belts. Carlisle added that garbage bins are placed in close proximity to recycling bins.

He said public recycling could return in the future, but not anytime soon.