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Rincon looks at recycling options for city residents
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Rincon is continuing to explore a recycling program for the city.
City Manager Michael Phillips said he is talking with Pratt Industries and Waste Management, the city’s sanitation contractor about a recycling dropoff center. Phillips spoke with a Waste Management representative earlier this summer about a one-stop recycling center.
“He indicated it might be more than curbside,” Phillips said of the costs.
A deal with Pratt may have revenue potential, he said.
“We might be able to pick up recyclables from people coming through the community,” Phillips said.
City public works director Tim Bowles sells his recyclables to Pratt, which is getting $150 per ton for cardboard overseas. Bowles said Pratt has told him to avoid recycling glass.
“Hardly anyone recycles glass anymore,” he said.
Council member Reese Browher said he would like to see a recycling program started as a service to the citizens.
“It’s not necessarily to make revenue,” he said, “but more to be a good steward of the environment.”
Phillips said the city will keep researching if a recycling program is viable and the best option to use.
“We’ve still got a ways to go, but we’re working on it,” he said.
City officials also are anxious to hold a ribbon cutting on Patriot Park. Work on the first phase is almost finished, and the four tennis courts already are drawing plenty of participants, said city recreation director David Wooten said.
“People are using them, and they look good,” he said.
There is a drainage issue on one court, Wooten noted, and they are waiting on the contractor to finish a few items before scheduling a ribbon cutting. 
“We want to move forward with our landscaping,” he said. “But we don’t want to put in trees if they need to drive trucks in there.”