Washington County's curbside recycling programs in Tammany/Van Lear and St. James will be taken over by the Washington County Association of Retarded Citizens.
The association agreed to take over the service in return for use of a trailer owned by the county to do the hauling.
The 8-year-old service had been slated to end before the association stepped up to the plate.
Nona Houpt, a contract procurement specialist with the association, said the association wants to expand its recycling services in different areas of the county to help provide employment opportunities for retarded citizens while reducing the county's waste stream.
Houpt said the group would start by asking for donations before considering fees for the service.
Houpt said her group would be able to operate the routes more efficiently than the county.