County considers recycling program; mandatory garbage

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM.

Paper, cardboard, glass and plastic would be recycled.

“I have a problem spending tax dollars on that recycling,” said Commissioner Carmen McLemore.

Yeager added that for a recycling program to truly work – and the city of Port St. Joe and county have each experienced failure with such programs in the past – the county should move to mandatory garbage pickup.

“At the end of the day the way recycling will work will depend on mandatory garbage pickup,” Yeager said. “And we could include yard debris. I think that’s the direction the county needs to go.”

Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson said during last week’s TDC meeting that the city should join the county is pushing recycling as well as mandatory garbage pickup.

Yeager said that the county needs to examine how to assist the elderly and those on fixed incomes to handle the new garbage bill, but as part of ending the bleeding from the landfill the county will be forced to consider mandatory pickup.

“At some point we need to address mandatory pickup in a way that works for everybody,” Yeager said.

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