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Recycling bins to remain through September

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Due to continued negotiations with a private company, the city of Roswell has again delayed removing the recycling bins from public use.

The city’s nine bins will now remain in place through Sept. 30, according to City Manager Joe Neeb.

The bins were originally scheduled to be removed June 30 after the city decided to end its recycling program to cut expenses.

In mid-June, the date was pushed back to July 30 as talks continued with J&A Recycling for a franchise agreement similar to those the city has for trash collection.

Neeb told the Roswell City Council the recycling program has been subsidized by solid waste collections for the past three years at a cost of about $225,000 a year.

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With the downturn in the oil and gas industry and an expected drop in gross receipts taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city cut more than $31 million from the fiscal 2021 budget. The council approved the budget in a special meeting last week.