Jackson County residents tops in recycling

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Rene Kuns works for Delta Sanitation. She started in October when the company began picking up recyclable goods off of curbs in the unincorporated area of Jackson County. Kuns said it's amazing how the service has become so popular.

"The bins are overflowing with aluminum, and plastic, and tin," Kuns said.

"We are really, extremely pleased because that means Jackson County residents are conscious about their environment," Solid Waste Director Rhonda Powell said.

The unincorporated area of the county has taken the top spot in recycling. Powell said 780 tons of recyclable goods have been picked up from about 25,000 households. She also points out that's more than Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs.

"For a rural area, we are really proud of that number," Powell said. "It doesn't go in the landfill, it is recycled, which is a cost savings of $2,100 a month for the county."

Powell credits the recycling boost to constant education about the environment. If the bins continue to overflow and participation increases, she said the county would like to make the curbside pickup service a weekly event. Pickup is currently biweekly.

"The more convenient it is, the more participation."

That could mean more pickups for Rene Kuns, but she doesn't mind.

"It is a good thing, because we are preserving the environment," Kuns said.

Delta Sanitation employees said the other cities in the county generate a little more than 125 tons of material a month.

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