HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Students at Our Lady Academy are behind a push to bring curbside recycling back to Hancock County. The curbside service stopped after Hurricane Katrina and was never re-established.
Several OLA students spent the weekend collecting signatures from registered voters.
"We're petitioning to the Board of Supervisors that they will consider re-instating their curbside recycling," said 9th Grade Student Laina Harb.
The students say the curbside recycling will go a long way in helping preserve the resources of our planet.
"It's important for the environment," Harb said.
When curbside left the county, four large recycling bins were placed throughout the county. One sits outside of OLA in Bay St. Louis.
"We're getting it dumped almost every week now. It's just more convenient and I think more people will participate if they don't have to go out of their way to do it," explained Harb.
But leaders say participation was lackluster before, and bringing back curbside recycling now could add $4 to $5 to each home's garbage bill.
"We think we need to build recycling up to curbside recycling," said Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame.
"I think it's a changed world. I think we're not the same as we were prior to Katrina, as far as our level of consciousness of how important recycling is. I think the majority of Hancock County residents do think it's important and want to but right, now it's just kind of a pain to do it," said OLA teacher Meredith LaFontaine.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame is just one member of the Solid Waste Authority, the board that would be in charge of implementing and overseeing a recycling program.
"As we see people getting back into the recycling spirit. Then, of course, we can start expanding toward ultimately having curbside recycling," explained Fillingame, "But I think that's probably at least a couple of years out."
The students collected nearly 400 signatures last weekend and will continue gathering more. They hope to have thousands of people sign before turning over the petitions to the Board of Supervisors.