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PRATTVILLE — Recycling could be expanded in Prattville and folks will never notice the difference.
A bid opening is set for Thursday morning to provide single stream recycling.
“If it works like we think it will work, people who like to recycle will be pleased, and people who may not recycle will be recycling without even knowing it,” said Dale Gandy, public works director.
The plan couldn’t be any simpler: Residents will still roll out their household garbage cans once a week. Office paper and aluminum drink cans can go in the same garbage bag as your eggshells and coffee grounds. City crews will empty the cans just like always.
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The waste will then be taken to a facility to be sorted, similar to the recycling operations for the city of Montgomery that restarted in January.
“Anything that can be recycled will be recycled, and the biotic material that can’t be recycled will go to the landfill,” Gandy said. “You won’t have to separate newspaper from plastics. Residents will see no change in the way things are done now.”
But the bottom line is the bottom line, said Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. Gandy estimates that once up and running the recycling program should remove about 60 to 70 percent of the waste that would go to the landfill.
“Recycling is good for the environment,” Gillespie said. “But in this situation where we can recycle items efficiently, we should see our costs decrease, our tipping fees, because we are sending less waste to the landfill.”
The city will continue its cardboard recycling, which is a combination curbside pickup and residents taking cardboard to the recycling center near Mac Gray Park, across Martin Luther King Drive from the Prattville Junior High School. The cardboard fetches $65 to $85 a ton, depending on current market price, Gandy said.
The city will continue to operate the recycling center, he said.
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