Recycling program to continue after possibility of closing

Recycle program to continue after possibility of closing
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Last October, Abilities Unlimited found themselves in a bind, but now they can breathe again.

The recycling program had funding through April of this year, but beyond that was in question.

Chief Operations Officer Darren May said a team effort between the Craighead County Solid Waste Disposal Authority and mayors they were able to keep the program alive.

"Everybody is meeting in the middle to make the recycling program work," May said.

May told Region 8 News they will get rid of the blue bags and will use re-usable containers.

The waste district implemented a 50-cent per ton tipping fee increase at the landfill.

That money, combined with the money saved from going to containers from the blue bags, is enough to continue to fund the program.

"It's almost an instant payback on those containers," May said. "That will allow us to make some equipment changes here and allow us to work more efficiently."

He said cities that participate in the recycling program will apply to the solid waste program to get the funds that are available.

May said it will cost $1.20 per-person to recycle in the county.

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