Marshall recycling center costing more, people breaking rules

Local leaders say the recycling center is costing more money to operate and neighbors say some people are misusing the service.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 10:43 PM

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) - The City of Marshall is dealing with a recycling problem. Local leaders say the recycling center is costing more money to operate and neighbors say some people are misusing the service.

The Director of Public Works, Cory Sheehy, is asking the Marshall City Council for guidance. He spoke to the board earlier this week and provided some possible solutions ranging from scaling back hours of service, to an increase in taxes, to closing the center altogether.

Rosalee Vickery lives near the recycling center. She says everyone should do their part to protect the environment. Vickery says she likes the recycling service but some people are abusing it.

She says some people dump recycling at the gate or over the fence when the center is closed. She adds, plastic bags will fly around the neighborhood.

"People just don't follow any of the rules."

The service is for local utility customers but Vickery and Sheehy say people from out of town and even out of state are using it. The center is funded with tax dollars so many say it should be reserved for people who live in Marshall.

Now the city council in looking into the matter.

Ward 3 Alderman Warren LeFever says, "The problem with the right thing is it costs more, and more, and more, and more and we're getting up to the point where we're getting just too much expense involved and we've got to make choices on this."

Sheehy presented a series of questions to the board. He asked if the city should keep the center open or keep it open just a day a week. He also asked if the board would be in favor of increasing funding through taxes. He provided other ideas like a installing a card reader at the gate and requiring a yearly fee to use the service and even getting police involved to write tickets when people misuse the service by leaving recycling on the ground.

We reached out the Sheehy for an interview but he declined.

Vickery says the solution is simple.

"I think it's up to the people themselves, you know. There's signs, there's rules to follow and let's just follow the rules that are stated."

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