Olney adopts new recycling fee

The city of Olney will soon begin providing recycling through a recycling center.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 6:45 PM

OLNEY, Ill. (WTHI) - Bobbi Ginder is a long time resident of Olney Illinois. She is also a long time recycler.

Ginder says, "I want to leave this planet in good condition for my children and for my grandchildren and their grandchildren. We only have one planet and we need to take care of it."

For years Ginder participated in the city's curbside recycling program. That is until that program was discontinued in December.

Ginder explains, "We were left without an option. I know several of us, it kills us to throw anything recyclable in the trash. So I know several people have kind of hoarded their trash in their garage and kept it in until we had a viable option."

The option will soon become a reality.

Olney Mayor Mark Lambird says, "Going to have a building. There will be an area where you pull in, where you pull up to the building. Then you'll take your paper goods, your plastic goods, your cardboard goods, and they'll be places for it to go."

The city's curbside program was run by an Olney resident. The new recycling center will be run by the same person. However, the program will come with a 99 cent fee.

Lambird says, "To make this a feasible project he needed some help in order to allow us to offer the service."

The fee will show up on city water bills. Ginder says she is happy to pay the fee.

Ginder says, "Every community should recycle. There's no reason not to. Our current rate is ninety-nine cents a month for a drop off facility. So that's pretty reasonable."

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