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County Commission discusses toughening recycling program

July 09, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Berkeley County's voluntary recycling program might get an overhaul, if the price is right.

The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday discussed whether to add more recycling drop-off sites, increase the hours and days of the existing drop-off sites or to provide curbside pickup for residents.

The recycling discussion came during a County Commission meeting, in which officials from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties talked about ways to improve solid waste services.

"There's no doubt recycling needs to get bigger, and it needs to get better," Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin said.

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Hogbin suggested Berkeley County do a feasibility study to determine the best recycling options for the county.

Berkeley County Commissioner Howard L. Strauss said the county would first need an idea of what it would cost to do the study.

"Obviously, we're not going to be making a decision to have one done unless we know what it costs," Strauss said.

Hogbin said curbside recycling services usually increase participation "but they also cost more."

He estimated such a program would cost residents $3.20 per month.

Strauss said adding more recycling drop-off sites or increasing the hours and days of operation at the Grapevine Road and South Berkeley County drop-off sites might be less expensive than starting a curbside program.

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