During a meeting of the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority today, officials approved a contract with Team Waste to provide curbside recycling for Diamondhead, making this city the first in the county to offer the service with no additional fees to residents.
The Team Waste contract provided the lowest and best bid for a total annual contract price of $137,000 or $2.94 per household per month. The 14 gallon recycling bins will be picked up once a week curbside at every home in the City of Diamondhead. Officials say this effort alone will increase recycling by providing convenience for residents. Under this contract, residents can recycle plastic, paper, aluminum and tin cans, cardboard, paper milk or juice cartons, magazines, staples, clips and plastic jug/bottles. More details will be provided to residents prior to the start of the service.
“This is the right thing to do for our residents,” said Mayor Tommy Schafer. “Cities in Harrison County, Jackson County and St. Tammany Parish offer curbside recycling, and I could not be happier that we can provide this service to our residents with no additional fees,” he said.
Hancock County residents haven’t been able to leave recyclable waste bins outside their homes since before Hurricane Katrina. Schafer says the need for the service is evident in the volume of items the citizens of Diamondhead have been recycling at a central site in the city. “We have to empty the bin three times a week to keep up with the demand,” he said.
The Hancock Chamber Greenways and Scenic Byways Committee along with the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority recently prepared and distributed a recycling survey to determine interest to bring recycling back. An online version was emailed to about a thousand Chamber members, with links to the survey also posted on the Chamber Facebook page for the general public: 641 responses were received. The Hancock County Tax Assessor’s office also mailed paper surveys as part of the customer billing program, bringing in 1285 responses from throughout Hancock County
When the results of the survey were in, 92% of those responding from Diamondhead said they would support recycling if it was available. Responses from other cities and the county also showed strong support for recycling. When it was time to move forward with a request for cost proposals, the City of Diamondhead was the only municipality that opted in.
“Recycling extends the life of our existing landfill, delays the cost of building expensive new facilities and helps preserve our Coastal environment,” said Hancock Chamber Greenways and Scenic Byways Committee Chair Allison Anderson. “We applaud the city of Diamondhead for taking this proactive step to improve quality of life in our newest city,” she said.
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