We just got a tax increase, user fee (whether you use it or not) or whatever the city calls it, without the vote or notice from our (honorable?) city council.
They call it a (curbside recycling program). There are three recycling businesses in Mt. Vernon already accepting everything their program is claiming to recycle. The difference is you have to deliver it yourself. There is no charge to recycle any of the items you deliver and you get paid for the metals and electronics. There are people that will pick up your metals if you set them out at the curb and will not charge you. You also have the freedom to call someone to pick up your metals and they will not charge you to pick them up. It also gives people a chance to earn extra money. You can call someone and have them haul your paper products to Comprehensive Services or Kendricks paper company and just pay when you need the service; not every month. Also, Comp. Services has a recycling trailer at Kroger’s for cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans and cost you nothing to drop them off at your convenience.
Let’s look at the city program.
You have to do all the work and make sure you do it on their schedule, not yours and wash everything out. You have to pay five dollars a month whether you use it or not, even if you take yours to a recycling business for money.
It has hurt comprehensive services as people donate to them, and still have to pay the city imposed fee, tax, service charge or whatever fancy name the city wants to call it. If you refuse to pay the extra five dollar charge your water gets turned off. Comprehensive services takes donations of paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans; the handicapped sort everything and then sell it and the money is used to pay the handicapped. Their donations have fallen off since city is shipping all paper, cardboard and metals out of state at peoples expense.