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City suspends recycling program

No timeline set for new vendor 

The City of Walterboro is temporarily suspending their recycling program until a new vendor is found.
The city made its announcement on Monday morning. The voluntary program began in 2012, and has allowed any city resident who wanted to participate to have their recyclable garbage picked up from their home in a green recyclable cart. However, the contract between the city and the previous vendor who was collecting the trash has stopped. Walterboro City Manager Jeff Molinari said on Monday that he is actively looking for a new vendor, and hopes the program will be reinstated soon. There is no immediate timeline on finding a new vendor, he said.
The last day of pickup was Wednesday. The program will be officially suspended on Jan. 1.
“Unfortunately, the market right now is not very valuable for the re-sale of these recyclable products, the plastic, glass, etc.,” he said. “We are looking for a new person to contract with.”
According to a press release from the City of Walterboro, the city’s recycling collection contractor can no longer accept the city’s recyclables.
The city’s promotion of its pilot recyclable program has been small, but Molinari said the marketing of this program could become bigger if a new vendor is found. Roughly 300 city residents were participating in the program when it was suspended on Monday.
Walterboro made no revenue off of this recyclable program, according to Molinari.
Until any more changes are made, city officials are asking residents to keep their green recyclable roll cart and to await any more news. For more information, contact Molinari at 843-782-1011.

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