Hattiesburg council implements fee for curbside recycling

Hattiesburg council implements fee for curbside recycling

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to implement a measure that will continue curbside recycling in the city at a participation cost of three dollars per month, per household.

"We're happy for the citizens of Hattiesburg to be a part of our vision," said Public Works Director Larry Barnes. His department, along with water and sewer will be over the city's recycling program at the turn of the new year.

Mayor Johnny DuPree decided to discontinue the recycling service with private company Waste Pro due to what he said was poor participation in light of the cost of the program.

Barnes said temporarily, there will be no more drop-off recycling, such as the Kamper Park bins. Curbside pick-up will be the only recycling in Hattiesburg come January 1.

Waste Pro

will collect curbside recyclables through the end of the year, and bins will be picked up and turned over to the city on the last route in December. From there, the city will redistribute bins when residents reapply for the program and pay the subscription fee.

New 64-gallon bins, similar to the ones used for city trash pick-up, are expected to be purchased for curbside recycling in the near future. Barnes said residents will have to make a payment to have those bins, but those details have not yet been confirmed.

Items that will be acceptable for curbside recycling through the city include aluminum, plastic and paper. No glass will be accepted, although Barnes said he hopes that will be added to the list in the future.

To apply or re-subscribe for the curbside service, contact the Public Works Department at 601-545-4545.

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