ARAB, AL (WAFF) - Garbage rates won't be going up for Arab residents just yet.
Garbage haulers asked the city to increase rates on garbage and recycling pick-up, but city officials say the contract is not up yet.
The recycling issue is being pushed back a couple years but the mayor sees this as an opportunity to educate the public.
Republic officials sought to increase rates due to increased costs of processing recyclable materials, but city officials say they reminded them of the contract that's currently in place until May 2020.
Mayor Bob Joslin said countries like China are getting more stringent on accepting recycling materials. For instance, they're now not accepting things like cardboard, such as a pizza box, due to the food and oils on them.
But what happens to the rates after that remains to be seen.
Joslin said they'll be encouraging more people to recycle, and recycle properly.
"We need to get our people to step up and be better stewards of the recycling program to make sure it's empty, clean, and dry, what they put in the recycle bins and to get more people to buy into recycling because the bottom line is we want to keep as much material out of our landfills as we possibly can," said Joslin.
Joslin said they'll probably put flyers in the mailouts to let people know what can be recycled and what can't.
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