It costs $1 now to drop off recyclables at the Centerville Recycling Center.
Centerville City Councilman Randall Wright said the $1 charge became effective July 5 and was due to increased operating costs, particularly regarding plastics. It costs $1 regardless of the amount of recyclables brought.
In comments during a regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Wright said large-scale recycling businesses accept, but will no longer buy, recycled plastic.
The current abundance of oil and the fact that it’s cheaper to make plastic from oil than from existing plastic has caused such businesses to quit paying for the recycled material, he said.
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Wright, who oversees the recycling center and the volunteer staff that runs it, said it costs the center about $200 a month to make an average of four trips to haul plastics to the Macon recycling company it uses. Profits from the sale of other recyclables don’t cover the costs of hauling away plastics if they can’t be sold, he said. Hence the decision to make the overall $1 charge.
The Centerville Recycling Center is located at 101 Industrial Way just off Carl Vinson Parkway near its southern intersection with Elberta Road.
The center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In other business Tuesday, Mayor John Harley announced the new lineup of council members for what it calls “members over department,” or council members who have oversight and act as liaisons between city departments and the council.
Those with department oversight and those with secondary oversight are:
▪ Councilman Ed Armijo over the water and sewer department, with Councilman Micheal Evans second;
▪ Councilman Cameron Andrews over the Fire Department, with Wright second;
▪ Wright over the Police Department, with Armijo second;
▪ Evans over city administration, with Andrews second.
Harley said the shift of annual oversight duties has changed from following the calendar year to coinciding with the city’s fiscal year, which began July 1. Following the fiscal year makes better administrative sense, and it also allows the departing oversight councilman to administer the department head’s annual performance evaluation at the end of the oversight term.
Also during the meeting, each council member commended city employees, particularly city clerk Krista Bedingfield, for a successful citywide Fourth of July celebration at City Hall on June 30. Bedingfield was chief organizer of the event.
Andrews called the event the city’s best yet and said he estimated that well over a third more people attended from throughout Middle Georgia to enjoy family activities, vendors, a concert and fireworks. Harley expressed gratitude to Bedingfield and Mike Brumfield, city director of operations, for a trouble-free celebration, saying they took care of problems before they became problems.
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