INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Independence County's recycling program is costing the county thousands of dollars.
According to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, they're burning more hydrocarbons traveling through remote areas than what they're saving through recycling.
Griffin said the county's recycling program has lost $100,000-$150,000 annually.
However, the county's goal is to save $60,000-$70,000 for their recycling program.
Griffin said the schedule for recycling pickups will now run every other week.
"What we hope is the same 1,000 pounds we may pick up on a given road in one week, we can save the hydro-carbons, save the expense and pick up 2,000 pounds in the second week," he said. "So, we're hoping that this will not decrease. We're hoping that it will enhance because it brings attention to the need for the more rural areas to do recycling."
If you're interested in getting a recycling container, contact the Independence County Recycling Office at 870-793-8892.
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