The annual report from the City of Quincy’s Recycling Division showed the city collected 2.833 million pounds of material from May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024. Quincy Mayor Mike Troup happily announced a 56 percent increase in recyclable materials collected during Monday night’s Quincy City Council meeting.

“We wanted to see the increase. We wanted to maintain the sites and keep them clean,” Troup said after the meeting. “We knew (the volume) was increasing because we are charged based on the hauling fee. Each month, we knew it was going in the right direction, right. So yeah, I’m pleased with the results.

“I use (one of the drop-off recycling sites) at least once a week myself. I can’t tell you the number of people who have stopped me out there and say, ‘You know, we weren’t in favor of this, but this is working out wonderfully. When we have a lot, we can drop it off. We don’t have to wait for the end of the week.’”

Troup cast the deciding vote to break a 7-7 tie on Sept. 12, 2022, to discontinue the city’s curbside recycling program. Recycling drop-off sites at the Harrison Hy-Vee, 1400 Harrison, Refreshment Services Pepsi, 1121 Locust, and the former County Market location at 48th and Broadway opened for public use in March 2023.

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Author: David Adam, Muddy River News
David Adam, Muddy River News