Perry approves garbage contract recycling

wcrenshaw@macon.comMarch 20, 2012 

PERRY -- Curbside recycling is coming to Perry.

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to renew its contract with trash hauler Advanced Disposal. The new contract includes voluntary recycling at no extra cost to residents.

“My understanding is in the past the citizens wanted this service, but they were not willing to pay extra to get it,” said Mayor Jimmy Faircloth. “This is an opportunity to have recycling at no additional cost.”

Steve Edwards, area municipal marketing manager for Advanced Disposal, said after the meeting the recycling program will start in July. Each resident will get an 18-gallon bin in which they can place aluminum cans, cardboard, steel cans, plastics and glass. The container will be picked up once per week.

Edwards said the company is hoping to have a 30-percent participation rate the first year, and then work to increase it. Advanced Disposal also has the contract for unincorporated Houston County and has been offering curbside recycling to those customers. Edwards said he isn’t sure what the participation rate has been with county residents.

The recyclable material is hauled to Georgia Recovery in south Bibb County where it is sorted.

The city had a second option in the contract renewal in which there would have been no recycling, and residents would have saved about $10 per year on their current trash-pickup cost. However, City Manager Lee Gilmour said due to some other charges in that plan, residents might not necessarily have saved anything overall.

Also at the meeting the council officially established the James E. Worrall Foundation. The council unanimously approved a resolution creating the foundation and presented a plaque recognizing the event to his widow, Frances Worrall.

The foundation was created to give residents a place to donate money for recreation, education and historic programs, which had been passions of Worrall when he served as mayor. He died in 2010 of cancer.

“This is certainly an honor and a joy to have this fund set up,” Frances Worrall said. “I hope the money will come rolling in.”

In fact, right after the vote one resident walked up to the mayor and gave the first check. Another said he left his checkbook at home but pledged $100.

Faircloth said donations can be made at City Hall.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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