City tests recycling program
by Chance Wright
Dec 05, 2012 | 2663 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Board of Aldermen approved the request of Brett Moorman, director of the city's Department of Community Development, Tuesday to make a budget amendment in the amount of $3,000 to start a local recycling program.

City Administrator John Lindsey said while the decision of which account to pull the funds from was undecided at last night's meeting, it would likely be pulled from either the city's beautification or sanitation accounts.

The city has been looking at recycling and researching possibilities for a plan for the past several years.

"For awhile now we have been discussing starting a local recycling program for paper, plastic and aluminum and steel cans," said Moorman. "Unfortunately, this is something we did not allow for when planning this fiscal year's budget."

Moorman said that the plan is to begin by purchasing five plastic recycling containers to be placed near the Railroad Museum downtown.

"The plan is to place them across the street from the museum and have public works checked them daily," he added.

The materials will be carried off to the public works facility to be recycled.

"John Brown of Brown Brothers Scrap Metal, Inc. in Cleveland has donated two vertical bailers for the city to use," said Moorman.

Brown will then purchase the recyclables from the city and sell them to recycling operations across the Mid-South.

He explained that the funds from the budget amendment would be used to purchase the containers and have Robinson Electric to hook up power to the two bailers at the city's facility.

Both Lindsey and Moorman agree that this is only the first step in building a recycling program in the city.

"If there is enough community support and interest in the program, we hope to apply for a MDEQ grant in April," Moorman said. "That grant would be to step up the program's efforts by purchasing things like larger collection containers and a trailer."

Anyone who would like to get more information on the upcoming program is encouraged to contact the city's Department of Community Development at 662-843-4601.