Another delay for vote on new Mobile recycling plan

If a new plan is approved, Mobile will switch to “single-stream” recycling, meaning patrons won’t have to separate their recyclables. (File photo)

If you’ve been waiting to see whether Mobile can proceed with a new single-stream recycling program … you can keep waiting.

The proposal first came before the Mobile City Council in mid-April, but a vote has repeatedly been delayed. Two related contracts were on the council agenda again Tuesday, but the vote was pushed back to July 11.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has pushed for the plan, arguing that it will help Mobile boost its low rate of recycling for residential consumer waste and also will save the city money. Instead of one site where residents must pre-sort materials before dropping them off, the new system would feature multiple sites where unsorted materials can be dumped.

The council hasn’t opposed the plan in principle, but in April, some council members did express concerns that it might lead to renewed legal conflict between the city’s Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management, which disposes of the city’s garbage. The administration has requested postponements while working out that issue.

At Tuesday morning’s organizational session, Council President Gina Gregory said she’d been informed that those negotiations were ongoing.

“We have been asked to lay it over until July 11,” she said. “As I understand it, they are making progress, but they are not there yet.”

In the meantime, a pilot version of the new program continues to operate at 1451 Government St.

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