Macon-Bibb Committee OK’s More Recycling Bins

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

More recycling containers could be on the way for Macon-Bibb County households.

The Operations and Finance Committee approved Tuesday a resolution to purchase 4,320 recycling bins. Since a revamped recycling program was expanded countywide in January, Macon-Bibb has been able to reduce waste going into a landfill by 8 percent, said Solid Waste Director Kevin Barkley.

“(Recycling) has saved us $30,000 in disposal fees,” since January, he said during Tuesday’s meeting.

The full County Commission is expected to vote next week on the measure that would cost about $176,000. If approved, the county would have more than 8,000 new recycling containers available to residents.

“You’re only filling up your regular garbage can about halfway now when it used to be bursting at the seams,” Commissioner Mallory Jones said.

The recycling program is part of a new contract with Advanced Disposal Services that was approved by the County Commission last year as costs jumped for residents. Beyond countywide recycling, the change in services also include more frequent pickups of yard waste.

The changes are part of a contract narrowly approved by the County Commission in November.

Recycling bins and garbage containers will be distributed as people request them on the Macon-Bibb County website under 'See, Click, Fix' or by calling Macon-Bibb customer service at 751-7400.


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