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Alexander City Public Works Department employee Thad Royster loads cardboard boxes into the baler at the recycling drop-off point behind the water department building. A public meeting is planned next week to discuss ways to expand the city’s recycling program. | Austin Nelson
Alexander City Public Works Department employee Thad Royster loads cardboard boxes into the baler at the recycling drop-off point behind the water department building. A public meeting is planned next week to discuss ways to expand the city’s recycling program. | Austin Nelson

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Community meeting to gauge interest in expanding recycling

Published 7:24pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

While Alexander City already has some recycling capabilities and programs, the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting soon to help gauge the citizen’s interest in expanding these offerings.

“The city currently has two drop offs and can take newspapers and paper and the airport, and cardboard and plastics at public works, said Gerard Brewer, city engineer. “We have already had several internal meetings (about expanding recycling) but we want to have a community meeting to talk about the vision and how we can move towards it.”

Brewer says they want to explore the whole continuum of recycling, from drop-off to the curbside pickup. The meeting is scheduled for March 24 from 9 – 10 a.m. It will be held at city hall in the conference room.

“Some way or another, I would like to quantify several things – not only where we are now but what we would like it to become,” Brewer said. “I want to ask people if they are interested in curbside pickup and if they might be willing to pay extra on their garbage bill for that.  Really, we need to sit down and assess needs, assess current desires and assess what that desire can pushed towards (with increased services).”

Brewer said there has already been some work done throughout the city to expand recycling.

Mayor Charles Shaw has started an internal recycling program with several departments now participating. Radney Elementary School has started its own program as well with help from Sabrina Wood and the Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and Laurie Barrett, Brewer added.

“We have a council that is passionate about recycling, and we are getting a lot of momentum behind it,” Brewer said. “We are trying to ramp it up, see how much manpower and space would be needed to increase it internally. We are painting the vision right now, setting a point on the horizon so we are all looking at the same level of operation for our future recycling plans.”

For more information, contact public works at 256-409-2020.

  • Char Aznable

    Why don’t they start by recycling all of that yard waste dumped into the city land fill? Many cities have started recycling it into free or low cost mulch and compost that is available to residents. How much does the brush truck alone dump every year?

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