Fulton scraps curbside recycling

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

FULTON – City leaders have trashed the idea of a citywide curbside recycling program.
Although the members of the Fulton Board of Aldermen had been discussing, off and on, the possibility of providing curbside recycling pickup to area residents, the board officially decided against the idea during its recent meeting.
“It just doesn’t seem like something we need to do,” Fulton Mayor Paul Walker told the board. Cost, he said, is a big factor; convenience is another.
First, the cost: In order to join the program, each participating customer would have to be provided with a $45 recycling bin … an expense that may or may not have been passed on to the customers.
Second, in order for Waste Connections, the company that handles garbage pickup for the city, to provide curbside recycling pickup, customers would have to lose at least a week of regular garbage pickup each month. Some customers might have even lost two pickups each month.
Just because city officials decided against curbside recycling doesn’t mean Fulton residents can’t be environmentally conscious. The city has been actively participating in a recycling program for years.
The city recently moved its large public recycling container to the Fulton Fire Department on South Adams Street in order to be more visible and easily accessible to more people.
The bin is emptied weekly, its contents taken to Tupelo to be recycled.
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