Jacksonians Must Pay for Recycling, But City Recommendations Fall Short

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In the wake of the City's suspension of its recycling program, Jackson residents have limited recycling options.

On Sept. 1, Jackson became one of more than 300 cities in the United States to curb its recycling program, citing the diminishing value of recyclable materials and a renewed priority to tackle illegal dumping sites as reasons for the decision.

Although the City of Jackson recommended Allen Recycling to residents in an Aug. 12 press release, owner Clarence Allen confirmed this week that his company currently only offers commercial recycling services. Allen did say that his team is considering offering residential recycling services, which will be determined following an internal meeting this Thursday. The City also referred residents to Tri-Miss Recycling, but Tri-Miss Recycling confirmed that its drop-off locations only take scrap metal.

Deatra Hughes, secretary at City of Jackson Solid Waste Division, said that the City was exploring establishing a drop-off site for residents. "We're working on it," she told the Jackson Free Press.

In the meantime, Jackson residents can enlist one of several paid recycling pick-up programs offered by Environmentality Recycling Solutions. Environmentality offers a two-week service, which begins at $8 to $10 a month, and a four-week service, which starts at $15 to $20 a month, co-owner Derek Augustus told the Jackson Free Press. The company operates on a bag system, and service options are based on the volume of recyclable items. For $40 a month, residents can opt for a premium service, allowing up to three bags of recycling and the option to recycle glass materials as well as small electronic items.

The Environmentality team works with three main companies to dispose of recyclable materials. Environmentality sends its glass to Strategic Materials in Georgia, metals to the Can Man in Jackson, and routes paper and plastics through F.V. Recycling, also based in Jackson.

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