Hopkinsville is closer to have curbside recycling available in the city, after city council approved an ordinance at a special called meeting Thursday evening.
The ordinance was unanimously approved on first reading and creates a section that pertains to curbside recycling through Hopkinsville Solid Waste that will be completely voluntary. Those who sign up would have a monthly fee of $5.50, and Solid Waste would pick up the recycling on the same day that trash is routinely collected.
Mayor Carter Hendricks says the recycling helps Hopkinsville become a more sustainable community and a voluntary service seemed to be the best option.
Councilman Paul Henson thanked Hopkinsville Solid Waste for their willingness to give it a try and urged everyone to get the word out.
Citizens would receive a recycling container when they register for the service. The program is a single-stream program requiring no sorting of accepted items. Accepted items include paper, steel cans, aluminum cans, pasteboard, plastics, and cardboard. Items not included are electronics, batteries, waste oil, styrofoam and hazardous or toxic refuse.
The ordinance will have to pass on second reading, but for more information on curbside recycling services, contact Hopkinsville Solid Waste.