STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The City of Starkville recently suspended its recycling program, but there is talk of a collaboration between Mississippi State University (MSU) and the city to bring the program back.
Mayor Lynn Spruill said there is no guarantee but it’s a work-in-progress.
Starkville officials created a proposal to bring back recycling to the city in a cost-effective way.
Spruill said the proposal calls for MSU’s recycling partner, Waste Pro, to work with the city as well.
“We’re not going to do curbside, but a place for our recycling for the City of Starkville to be dropped off and then for Waste Pro to pick it up, just like they do for the university,” she said.
Spruill said city officials suspended the previous recycling program due to costs.
“As we got to that point, we decided that this was an expense that we did not think was an appropriate expense for the city to continue to bear without it having an obvious and extended return.”
However, Spruill believes recycling is an important part of the community, so she hopes the collaboration could create a more effective form of recycling for Starkville.
“If we could bring the cost down to make it a much more efficient and effective program by partnering with MSU, then that’s the goal,” she said.
Recycling is an important part of helping the environment, but it’s also key to remember two criteria: reducing and reusing, she said.