NAPLES, Fla. - It's your money and Naples is spending more than $260 thousand on a new recycling program. City leaders say it won't cost taxpayers extra, but some people aren't looking forward to the change.
Naples collects 26 hundred tons of recycling every year. Right now, it is sorted and sent to Lee County to be dropped off. But, the city doesn't make any money off it. On Wednesday, City Council voted to change that.
"Instead of us paying to throw away garbage, we're being paid to recycle because these commodities have value," said City Councilman, Sam Saad III.
The city will now buy the single stream recycling bins, with wheels, and work up an official contract with Lee County to get paid. The bins won't cost taxpayers extra and they won't have to sort their recyclables. The city will make about $67 thousand a year, paying off the expense of the new bins within five years.
"If you make the bin easy for people to use and its single stream so you don't have to separate it, then people will recycle more and we'll become more green," said City Councilman Gary Price.
City leaders say the bins will also bring in more green as they expand the program. But, not all homeowners are excited about it, saying the new bins are too big and bulky.
"Big bins will be difficult for our elderly and handicapped residents to put out, even though they're put on wheels," said homeowner Erika Hinsons.
City leaders tell us they are hoping neighbors will help each other if anyone struggles getting the new bins to the curb.