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Recycling schedule to change in Jonesboro

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After the Jonesboro City Council approved a request by Abilities Unlimited, the recycling pickup schedule will change.

Under the changes, pick-up will only take place two times a month instead of once a week.

Abilities Unlimited approached the city about the change because they were losing money on recycling.

Ed Tanner, chief operating officer for the city, said this change will reduce Abilities’ labor cost.

The city is in the execution phase of the changes before they take full effect in July.

“We will start distributing the stickers next week,” Tanner said. “It’ll come in a plastic bag with a blue bag and instruction on how to put the sticker on the garbage can. That will be a reminder for them of which day of the week they’ll get picked up, or which day of the month they’ll get picked up.”

Recycling pickup will be every other week of each month, but not in a month with a 5th week.

Darren May with Abilities Unlimited said for example in May, if recycling pickup is normally on Monday, the recycling would have been picked up on Monday, May 1, 15, and the 22. It would not have been picked up the 29, instead of picking back up on Monday, June 5. 

This is a short-term fix until Abilities Unlimited’s contract is up in June 2018.

Tanner said long-term plans have been laid out on the table, but it is ultimately the city’s decision on how it will accommodate recyclers in the long run.

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