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Recycling Coming to Rural Lee County

It could soon be easier for rural Lee County residents to recycle.

The Great River Regional Waste Authority has recycling trailers throughout the county, but they are located either in cities like Keokuk and Donnellson or at local schools.

General Manager Wade Hamm says the waste authority has been working with Lee County on a plan to place a trailer or two in un-incorporated areas.

He says at least one trailer is available, but it has not been decided where it will be located or who is in charge of returning it to the Fort Madison landfill when it is full.

Hamm expects to meet with representatives of the Lee County Board of Supervisors about the rural recycling program in the very near future.

Even without a rural presence, recycling is on the rise in Lee County.

Hamm says more than 1,500 tons of materials were recycled from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, which is an increase of nearly 300 tons from the previous twelve months.

Hamm says that same twelve month period was also the first in which the GRRWA’s recycling program actually collected more money than it spent.

It’s also unclear if there will be a fee charged to residents or if it would be covered by the county.