Hall County now needs to sign off on a recycling agreement already approved by Gainesville officials, allowing the county to take in the city’s recycling.
Gainesville is now sending its recycling to Athens but starting Aug. 1, it will be going to the Hall County Recycling Center. Because the county’s recycling center is not equipped to handle recycling with glass mixed in, city residents will start having to separate their glass and taking it to a county compactor site to be recycled.
The county can sell recycled materials to vendors, which then use them to make new products. Under the agreement with Gainesville, the county will pay the city half the market rate for the cardboard it brings in. Gainesville would not be paid for single-stream recycling, which includes paper, plastics and metals.
Gainesville has been paying $100 per ton for single-stream recycling with glass, plus the labor and gas required to bring recyclables to Athens. Hall County will take the recycling for free and charges $33 per ton for trash, which would include glass.
Ken Rearden, the county’s public works director, said the county will work with the city to educate residents about the change and where they can take their glass.
“It’s very easy. People just need to get used to it,” he said.
The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved the agreement on June 18, and now it needs commissioners’ approval.
Commissioners will also vote Thursday to reschedule the Aug. 8 meeting to Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Meetings are usually on Thursdays.
Hall County Board of Commissioners
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville