Say YES to Curbside Recycling in Unincorporated DeSoto County
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Please sign this petition to let our DeSoto County Board of Supervisors know that you WANT curbside recycling at your home in unincorporated DeSoto County, Mississippi. The Board of Supervisors will be voting on a new waste provider in Spring 2017. Recycling will help improve the environment and economy in our county.
The cities of Horn Lake, Olive Branch, and Southaven offer curbside recycling for their residents. Since the bids are going to be distributed to waste providers in February or March of 2017, we are unsure of the potential cost of curbside recycling in the county. The table above details the current waste provider costs for the cities in DeSoto County and unincorporated DeSoto County. The costs from the cities give us an idea of what our waste provider costs could be with curbside recycling.
Waste Provider Bid Timeline
- March 2017: bids for a new waste provider will be sent to companies.
- April or May 2017: The Board of Supervisors will decide on a new waste provider.
- October 2017: The current residential contract with Waste Connections for unincorporated DeSoto County will end.
If the Board of Supervisors know their constituents WANT curbside recycling, it can help in a decision to include curbside recycling in the new waste provider contract. This new contract will be valid for the next 6 years. If the Board does not sign a contract that includes curbside recycling, our next opportunity for curbside recycling will happen in 2023. The time to act is now!
The monthly bill you pay to Waste Connection is for the collection of residential garbage only, not disposal. In 2015, $1,755,000 in tax dollars was spent on garbage and rubbish disposal in DeSoto County. Recycling will save Desoto County thousands of dollars in disposal costs, but can also generate jobs for our citizens.
Recycled paper can become home insulation; plastic bottles can become new bottles, carpeting or clothing. Aluminum cans can be recycled as cans over and over again. This can save millions of dollars and generate job opportunities to spur our local economy. Curbside recycling would mean money saved in the public and private sector.
We find ourselves in a growing community with over flowing rubbish pits, limited landfill space, and constant shifting options for proper disposal. Every year our community throws away hundreds of tons of aluminum, plastics, paper and other valuable resources that can be recycled, reused or turned into new products. Up to 95% of our trash goes into landfills. This threatens our air, land and water and does very little to grow our economy. Once DeSoto County chooses to begin curbside recycling, we can enhance our environment, economy, and our community.
Please sign this petition to let our DeSoto County Board of Supervisors know that you WANT curbside recycling at your home.
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