Corinth officials study curbside recycling

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Betty Fulwood and her recycling cohorts haven’t given up on their desire for curbside recycling in Corinth.
They won agreement from the city board to further evaluate costs and funding possibilities to implement a program after Fulwood’s presentation Tuesday evening.
She came with a similar request about two years ago, but after the city took no action, her Town and Country Homemaker Club spent the intervening time gathering data to emphasize the need for recycling.
“We have about five households who have kept records for two years,” Fulwood said. Preserving the earth, creating a healthier environment and improving the overall quality of life are a few of the benefits she named.
She acquired information two years ago about Oxford’s recycling program, and recently talked with Corinth Street Commissioner Jim Bynum, who went to Oxford to observe that program.
“Their city is 12-and-a-half square miles compared to Corinth’s about 31 square miles,” Bynum said. “They have an extensive operation and have about $1.5 million invested.”
Oxford didn’t start out on a large scale, however, said Keep Corinth Beautiful Coordinator Andrea Rose.
“I know curbside recycling is a huge and expensive undertaking,” Rose said, “but it is something we get a lot of questions about. I’ll work with the city to research any funding possibilities that may be out there.”
In fact, Oxford began with a grant and served only a limited number of communities to start, picking up recycling every two weeks, Fulwood said.
According to Bynum’s recent information, Oxford now picks up recyclable materials weekly.
Currently Corinth has a recycling drop-off site at Fulton Drive and Tate Streets where individuals can take plastics, cardboard and newspapers. If unable to implement curbside recycling, simply adding more drop-off locations would probably encourage more recycling, Rose said.
During the past two years, Fulwood said the five club members who brought their recycling to be weighed and tallied accounted for 939 pounds of paper and 466 pounds of metal in 2008. For 2009, the count was 778 pounds of paper, 215 pounds of metal and 268 pounds of cardboard.
The board tasked Bynum and Rose with further exploring costs to initiate curbside recycling in a community Corinth’s size, and also look into possible grant funding.
“If you want to begin with a pilot program, I’m sure our Town and Country subdivision would be willing to be a pilot site,” Fulwood said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.