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Vidalia Suspends Recycling Program

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The City of Vidalia has temporarily suspended its recycling program due to the contamination of the recyclables at the Laurens County Recycling Center. This suspension began on Monday, December 26, and will continue through Friday, January 27.

City administration received a notice on Tuesday, December 21, that the Center would not be receiving recyclables for a month because of contamination within current items in the facility. According to Laurens County Recycling Center Employee Ralph Brooks, some of the contamination causes included yard debris, metal, tires, paint cans, cords, tarps, fabric, and other common items.

Because of this, the city will not be accepting any discarded items to be recycled during routine pickup or at the Convenience Center on 111 Brinson Road. All currently collected recyclables should be placed in trash bags and the regular household garbage cans for collection purposes.

The City encourages citizens to be mindful of what is placed in the recycling carts in the future to ensure the program is able to be continued for both environmental and financial benefit, as recycling items saves on landfill costs. Acceptable items for recycling are normal cardboard without wax, aluminum drink cans, milk jugs, and any plastic with one or two in the middle of the triangle located on the item. Republic Services will resume their regular pickup of recyclables on Thursday, February 2. Following this pickup date, the Laurens County Recycling Center will make a determination to allow recycling to continue or to suspend (or possible end) the City’s ability to send items to them.

For more information on this suspension, please contact Vidalia City Hall at 912-537-8718.

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