N.A. tweaking Blue Bag Recycling Program

Dejuan Bell gets ready to go through some of the Blue Bags at the city of North Augusta’s Materials Recovery Facility. The city is planning to discontinue the use of blue bags at the start of 2020. 

The city of North Augusta is planning to end the blue bag program for recycling, cutting costs in next year's budget – but that doesn't mean there will be no recycling for city residents.

North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said Thursday that the blue bag program is going to be ending at the start of 2020.

A memo in the proposed budget for 2020 states that the city will discontinue "the distribution of blue recycling bags to our customers in 2020 but will continue to utilize sanitation processing equipment to recover recyclables from the system."

All the city's garbage, blue bags or not, are mined for recyclables in the Materials Recovery Facility on Claypit Road. 

"And so that's another way we can cut costs, we're mining through the stuff anyways, let's continue to mine through that and be a single-stream recycler," Glover said.

During an August planning session, the city's Public Works director James Sutton and Finance director Cammie Hayes made a presentation to City Council all about the recycling program.

They said during the presentation that the cost of the blue bag program comes out to around $77,000, and the revenue from blue bag recycling totals $22,000, leaving a deficit of $55,000.

The blue bag program will end at the start of 2020. Glover said ending the program would not require City Council's consent.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges. 

Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.