Scott Waste Service customers are starting to see recycling carts delivered to their homes. The carts are part of a recycling program that was agreed upon by the county and four cities in an exclusive contract for collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste. The carts look just like the trash carts customers already have except different color lids.
The contact includes curbside co-mingling recycling. Co-mingling means you do not have to wash out, separate or bail your recyclables, just throw them in the proper cart and pull them out to the curb just as you do your trash cart. The recycling cart will be picked up the third of every month in place of the trash cart.
Scott Waste began delivering the recycling carts last week and should finish up this week. They started with the Olmstead and Lake Malone areas, and were putting out carts in Adairville Monday and then Lewisburg and Auburn.
Tommy Mosley, a supervisor for Scott Waste, said although the carts are being delivered the recycling program will not officially begin until June. There are 7,500 carts to be delivered to customers so that is why the company is beginning to distribute them before the actual start-up.
Scott Waste will also be coming around and placing stickers on the carts to let customers know what goes in the recycling cart. All recyclables, except for glass will be allowed. The recyclables will include: paper products, cardboard, newspapers, plastic and aluminum and tin cans. No raw garbage is allowed that will go into the other waste cart which will be picked up three times a month. The reason Scott is not accepting glass at this time is due to the low market for that commodity.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin began working towards a unified agreement after pushing for a pilot program that offered curbside recycling for 350 plus customers over a year ago. Most of those were in Bouldin’s district. The program proved to be very successful, prompting Bouldin to push for recycling to be offered to everyone who took waste service. At this time it is not mandatory to have trash service in the unincorporated areas of the county, but it is mandatory in the four cities.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that Logan County has made the progressive decision to implement county-wide curbside recycling. It’s a great example of how citizens can work with city and county officials to create programs that positively impact our community and our future,” said Bouldin. “I’m especially proud that Logan County is leading the way for other counties across Kentucky as they consider developing their own recycling programs.”
Scott Waste has been the sole waste service in the county for the past few years, however, the city of Russellville had their own contract separately from the county and three cities. By combining the customers into one unified contract, Scott said it would offer recycling as well. There will be a 75 cent increase for the unincorporated areas of the county and for the city of Russellville. The increase for Adairville, Auburn and Lewisburg is less at 45 cents. The contract will run through 2020.