Could free recycling be coming to end? Looks like it.
At the Tuesday Kent County commissioner’s meeting, Public Works Director Wayne Morris proposed eliminating the county’s curbside recycling program. Currently, the county picks up recycling once a week at no charge.
“There will be changes made in the recycling program this year — and free is not an option anymore,” Morris said.
It costs the county about $500,000 a year for its recycling program including salaries, trucks, and tipping fees. The program generates about $18,000 in revenue a year from landfill savings.
The county would still operate drop-off recycling centers, Morris said.
Allied Waste Services is going to begin offering a single stream recycling option to its customers at no extra charge. Morris said the company will be running ads in upcoming issues of the Kent County News and Star Democrat.