Sigourney will drop recycling

The Keokuk County Recycling Facility will soon be under new ownership.

The City of Sigourney will no longer offer recycling, after the Sigourney City Council has determined that the current recycling program is not being utilized to its’ best ability. According to Mayor Doug Glandon, the decision came after continued abuse of the city’s recycling bins, which are placed on the city’s southeast side.

“It was getting abused like you wouldn’t believe,” Glandon said.

In previous city council meetings, Glandon, and Public Works Director Don Northup, indicated that staff were putting in a large amount of time sorting through the bins and disposing of trash that was wrongfully placed into the recycling bins. With the rising staff costs, as well as the costs to Cox Sanitation, Glandon said that he felt it was time to pull the plug on a service, that he said serves less than 10 percent of Sigourney residents.

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