By LENA MITCHELL / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Free recycling bins provided to the city through a state program are helping ramp up Corinth’s recycling efforts.
Recycling activist Betty Fulwood and Keep Corinth Beautiful Director Andrea Rose are eager to see even more.
The 15 bins awarded to Corinth through the Mississippi Recycling Bin Grant Program will be used to collect aluminum, plastic and glass containers.
They will be placed primarily at schools that have environmental clubs, green initiatives and a focus on recycling efforts, said Kim Ratliff, city project coordinator.
The city had asked for 50 bins, but Ratliff said he expects to receive more in the fall to get closer to the total request.
The Southeast Recycling Development Council, the Alcoa Recycling Company, the Mississippi Recycling Coalition and the state Department of Environmental Quality are offering the program to increase the collection of those recyclables, and want the containers placed in locations that are likely to receive the highest volume.
Rose is working with Ratliff to identify where the bins will be placed in her ongoing push for more recycling in the city.
She is encouraged by the work Fulwood and the Town amp& Country Homemakers Club are doing to keep the issue on the table for city officials.
“They did a door-to-door survey just in their neighborhood to gauge the level of interest in recycling,” Rose said. “Every time I begin to get a little discouraged, their work picks me up.”
Fulwood presented her written summary of that survey to the city board.
“We had five questions on the survey with space for additional comments, and tried to cover the whole subdivision,” Fulwood said. “Our goal was to determine how much interest there is in recycling among a cross-section of citizens, their willingness to recycle, and provide that information to the city for their study.”
Though the survey group was not able to find all residents at home, they gathered 92 responses. Of those, 88 indicated some level of interest in recycling.
“I was a little surprised that it was that high,” Fulwood said. “I was also a little surprised that most people interviewed preferred curbside pickup over a neighborhood drop-off location.”
Fulwood said the Town amp& Country community could be a city recycling test area to learn more about what it would cost, the best way to do it, whether the city should handle all of it themselves, combine it with regular garbage pickup or separate, income potential, whether there would need to be a separate charge to households or include the cost in the regular garbage fee, and any other issues.
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