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Councils have decisions to make about Saturday recycling dropoff

The city councils of North Little Rock and Sherwood, along with the Pulaski County Quorum Court, will have some decisions to make by the end of the year if they want to maintain Saturday drop off locations for recyclables currently being provided by the Pulaski Regional Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction District.

Carol Bevis, deputy director for the district, said the district has been notified that it will no longer receive grant funds to provide Saturday recyclable drop off service for the communities of Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood.

The site in North Little Rock is located in the Kroger parking lot on McCain Boulevard while the Sherwood site is on Lois Street at East Kiehl Avenue near the Sherwood City Hall.

“Every site costs $600 for each Saturday and when you pay for four sites that is $32,000 a year,” Bevis said.

During a recent district board meeting, some of the local mayors asked district administrators if there was a chance the program could be extended past Jan. 1, 2014. The mayors were advised funding is running out.

The grant funds actually stopped near the end of June and the mayors asked the district to try and continue the program through the remainder of 2013.

“We pulled the revenue from other sources to keep the program doing through December, but we cannot do that any longer,” Bevis said.

The Saturday drop offs are separate from the curbside recycling program implemented by contract between Waste Management Inc. and the municipalities of Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood, she said.

“That program is between Waste Management and the cities,” Bevis said. “A fee is charged to pay for that program. That program is doing fine. There are no problems with it. It is not running out of money.”

The Saturday drop offs has been a service provided in the local community for the past eight years, she said.

Bevis said there are discussions being done right now between district officials and the municipal leaders of Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood.

“There could be something worked out but the city councils of those cities are going to have to make some decisions,” Bevis said.

While the curbside recycling program serves single-family households, it does not go into apartment complexes. The drop off units can be utilized by apartment residents.

Bevis said the district was notified by grand administrators a long time ago that the Saturday drop off grant funds were going to be discontinued.

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