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Staunton City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to get an update on the city’s recycling program. (Photo11: Getty Images)

STAUNTON –  A special meeting has been called to discuss Staunton’s recycling program.

Council will convene Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Caucus Room. During the meeting, council will get an update on the recycling program, which faced an unexpected cost increase in August. 

Sonoco Recycling, the company which offers Staunton recycling services, began billing the city $52,000 annually for the same services it once offered for just $3,100. At the time of the announcement, city officials said residents wouldn’t see a change.  

The company attributed the increased price tag to global trade policies, leveling growth rates in foreign counties and economics. China announced in 2018 that it no longer wanted to import U.S. recyclables, according to the New York Times.    

More: Global recycling economics cause unexpected costly fees for Staunton recycling program

Mayor Carolyn Dull told The News Leader in an email that she won’t have much to say about the program update until she hears from staff.  

In July, city spokeswoman Ruth Jones Turner said the city would be able to manage the new cost into the spring of 2019.  

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