Council considers recycling contract

October 1, 2012 9:26:51 AM

Jeff Clark - [email protected]


The Columbus City Council will begin looking at its contract with Mississippi Industrial Waste Disposal Tuesday night. The contract expires in November. The waste company is a subsidiary of Waste Pro. 


Columbus Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong said Mayor Robert Smith will appoint a committee Tuesday night to look at the city's contract regarding recycling. 


"The proposal is from the same company the city used in 2012," Armstrong noted. 


In 2011, 439,224 pounds of material were recycled, including 17,424 pounds of electronic waste. 


So far this year, 254,710 pounds have been recycled and company officials project about 531,500 pounds of materials will be recycled by the end of the year. 


Waste Pro provides "roll-off recycling" containers for city residents and pick-up service at designated locations in the city and county. 


The company also handles recycling for electronic waste at a 701 6th St. S. drop-off location. At Waste Pro's 1600 12th Ave. S. drop-off location, the company maintains a trailer for residents to dispose of scrap tires. Company representatives coordinate material pick-ups when the trailer is full and waste oil also is accepted at the location for recycling.