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Recycling service under way after Batesville bid

By Billy Davis

Panola County Solid Waste has officially jumped into the recycling business.

County Administrator Kelley Magee announced the recycling service was in operation when she appeared at the April 16 meeting of Batesville’s mayor and Board of Aldermen.

County-owned recycling bins were moved to Van Voris Street in West Batesville last week, where they’re awaiting drop-offs of paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastics.

The recycling bins are located on city property behind Smith Cleaners.

Panola County Solid Waste included a free recycling service last year when it bid to continue trash pick-up service in Batesville.

Panola outbid two private companies for pick-up service, and Waste Management bid $200 per recycling haul. Panola County said it would perform the service free of charge.

The recycling materials will be transported to Oxford to be sorted, Magee told city leaders.

“Are y’all gonna be over there most of the day so people won’t get confused?” Alderman Bill Dugger asked Magee.

Magee looked surprised at the question — the answer is “no” —and shook her head at Dugger’s question.

Magee told The Panolian Monday that Solid Waste will have rolling carts on site for recyclables if the bins are being transported to Oxford.

Accepted materials include newspapers and magazines, copy paper and notebook paper, cardboard boxes, soda and beer cans, vegetable and soup cans, and plastics such as water bottles, soda bottles, and milk jugs.

Materials that are not accepted for recycling include glass, Styrofoam, plastic bags, paper towels and tissue, books, and oil and paint.

The county administrator said late Monday the recycling service had already had its first customer — who tossed a bag of garbage into a bin.

“Please let people know this is for recyclables, not garbage,” Magee said.

In other city business:

•Aldermen and Mayor Jerry Autrey discussed property owned by Wally Pang on Woodland.
A guy wire from a tower is located on a portion of the property, and Pang is requesting $300 monthly for rent, city leaders said.

“I will not vote to pay $300,” said Alderman Stan Harrison.

Alderman-at-Large Teddy Morrow suggested turning down Pang’s offer and purchasing the strip of property instead.

The property is located between Fire Station No. 2 and the Golden Living nursing home. Pang, a retired restaurant owner, is running for Batesville mayor.

•Aldermen set a public hearing for May 21 for clean up of the Framed Picture Enterprise property in West Batesville.

•Aldermen voted to hire a new school resource office for the South Panola School District.
The school district, which made the request, pays 75 percent of the salary, said Police Chief Tony Jones.

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