The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority on Tuesday approved a contract with Team Waste to provide curbside recycling for Diamondhead, which would make it the only city in the county at this time to offer the service.
Mayor Tommy Schafer said the contract needs to be approved by the City Council, which meets Oct. 3, and the service could begin as early as December. For this budget year at least, he said, the service would not come with additional fees to what residents currently pay.
The 14-gallon recycling bins will be picked up once a week, and residents can recycle plastic, paper, aluminum and tin cans, cardboard, paper milk or juice cartons, magazines, staples, clips and plastic jug/bottles.
Hancock County residents haven’t had a recycling option since before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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Schafer said the need for the service is evident in the volume of items that Diamondhead residents have been leaving 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.