HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Corrective actions are now in place following the investigation into the mishandling of recycling in some areas of Hattiesburg's Ward 4. Mayor Toby Barker announced at a press conference at City Hall on Thursday that it was a broken system failing about 150 residents.
"We are unveiling a new brand for our recycling program called 'A new standard for Hattiesburg,'" Barker said.
The city was notified of the problem back in June, and an investigation revealed those residents paying $3 per month to have items recycled were being taken to a landfill. Now, corrective measures have been taken.
"All drivers are instructed to take the recyclables to FV Recycling," Director of Public Works, Larry Barnes said. "At that time drivers are instructed to get a signed ticket, dated the time and the place, as well as a signature from FV Recycling."
Barnes said there will be two trucks assigned to the recycling routes, and they now have a specific schedule to follow Monday through Friday. All residents affected by the mishandling of items can receive a refund from the city.
Mayor Barker said he hopes with the new format of the recycling program, more residents will trust the city and go green.
"It's a value we want to pass along to our children and our grandchildren," Barker said. "You leave the earth better than you found it. That's a community value for Hattiesburg and that's why we want to see more participation."
If you are a customer who was affected, you should be receiving a letter in the mail. Refunds will take up to 30 days.
You can learn more about the new recycling program by calling 601-545-4500.