Curbside recycling proposal approved by county; proposal sent to cities to gauge interest

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – The Washington County Solid Waste Board approved a plan that would put curbside recycling into effect, now the cities just need to get on board.

On Monday, the county board approved agreements with Dixie Waste. The opt-out recycling program would cost residents $3.82 per month. But if more than 70 percent of homeowners participate, the cost drops to $2.94. There is also a mandatory option, which would cost homeowners $3.62.

It’s a program directors have been working on for years.

“I think we have a lot of people who have moved from areas that have areas similar to this that move in and expect us to have it,” said Washington County Solid Waste Board director Neil Schwendiman “[They’re] disappointed when we don’t.”

While some residents worried it wouldn’t be cost effective, others said it’s about time.

“I’ve talked to neighbors and they’ve commented about it,” said St George resident Pam Bassett. They say, ‘hey it’s a lot of trouble, but I know they would do it if they had it convenient.’”

The proposal is being sent to the different cities in Washington County, if they can gauge at least a 50 percent participation throughout the county then they could start collecting January of next year.