November 19, 2009 11:42:00 AM
A crowd gathered at Starkville Recycling Wednesday to celebrate the success of the city''s curbside recycling program, but the group was greeted with some unexpected news when Ward 3 Aldermen Eric Parker announced the amount of recyclable materials collected that morning from city streets was the largest amount to-date.
City Sanitation Department trucks picked up an estimated 12,000 pounds of recyclable materials Wednesday, which surpassed the previous high of 11,090 pounds in a collection day. In the seven weeks since the curbside pickup program began, Starkville Recycling has processed an estimated 61,130 pounds of materials.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the program, Greater Starkville Development Partnership President Jon Maynard applauded the efforts of city officials and Starkville Recycling for beginning the first free curbside recycling pickup effort in the state.
"What Starkville is doing here today set precedence for the entire state of Mississippi," Maynard said.
Mayor Parker Wiseman also commended the more than 1,000 residents who have signed up for the program.
"This is a success story that potentially is a teacher for others in the state and in the region," Wiseman said.
Starkville Recycling is located at 211 C.C. Clark Road.
news commented at 11/20/2009 10:03:00 AM:
The trick is that it needs to remain voluntary and free. That way those who choose to recycle can do so without forcing ideals or costs on other citizens.
If it is forced on people or you require the city as a whole to pay for it, then you will run into resistance.
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