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December 10, 2012

Pulaski celebrates countywide recycling project


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Additionally, about 500 commercial customers are expected to receive carts to participate.
The collection itself will begin the first week of February.
“Not everyone will recycle, but we’re hoping this will lead to more recycling,” said Hines. “You don’t have to get out or make a special effort (to do it). Making the number of people who recycle higher is our main focus.”
Hines hopes that several thousand more people will end up regularly doing so as a result of this. 
Curbside recycling was written into Pulaski County’s renewed contract with Waste Connections for solid waste collection. Waste Connections customers will not be charged for curbside recycling. In fact, the monthly residential rate will drop from $12.52 to $12.35, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
“The great thing been able to offer Waste Connections services and recycling for less money than just paying for Waste Connections,” said Hines. “Dollar-wise, it’s a win-win for everyone.” 
Hines noted that the recycling center has grown in production ever year after opening in September of 2007. They started out recycling 200,000 pounds of unused material annually; today, they’re at more than 4.5 million pounds per year.
“Meade, Bell, Boone, Henderson and Adair County officials, and officials from other counties and cities, have toured our facility to get ideas for starting or enhancing their own recycling centers,” said Hines.
To fund the steady expansion of the recycling center, Hines has obtained $817,160 in state grants to pay for equipment. The Pulaski County Solid Waste Board, with support from the Fiscal Court, covers the facility and personnel costs. The Pulaski County Recycling Center is a regional operation, allowing Pulaski and surrounding counties to recycle on a scale that would not be possible on their own.
Hines estimates 2,500 residential customers currently drop off items at the recycling center, and he will continue to accept drop-offs. Active participants in the center’s recycling service include 25 schools, 300 businesses, Congressman Rogers’ District Office, Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Judicial Center, City of Somerset, City of Burnside, City of Eubank, City of Ferguson, City of Science Hill, and Clinton County.

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