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Henderson 'recycling' its current system for more user-friendly plan

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Recycling is about to become more user-friendly in Henderson. 

Some big changes are on the way for the curb-side recycling program. For one, those old blue containers will be tossed to the curb and replaced with a larger, more user-friendly one.

Nibby Priest, a Henderson resident, has a love-hate relationship with those little blue containers. He loves to recycle, but he says, "The material actually blows out of the container. There's no tops for them."

But soon, he and all city residents won't have to worry about that anymore. Henderson's brand new recycling plan calls for new larger containers with wheels and come with a lid.

"Having one container on wheels is going to make it a whole lot easier for me to recycle," Priest says.

City officials hope this new approach will make it easier for everyone to recycle.

"Our participation rate is disappointing," Recycling Board Chairman, Alan Taylor says.

That's one of the main reasons the city is recycling its current plan, making it into something new and much more convenient. 

"I don't think most people considered it user-friendly the way it's been done in the past. That's going to change," Taylor says.

The first change came Tuesday night when the recycling board accepted a bid from advanced disposable services to replace Allied Waste.  

The next big change would come this summer when the new processing facility opens its doors.  
Taylor says all of Henderson's recyclable materials will be taken there, processed and then sold. That money would not only benefit the city, but tax payers as well.

"That's brand new. We've never been able to do that," Taylor said.

The hope is this brand new program will bring a brand new interest in going green.

"Maybe with this new program and everybody getting new trash bins and recycling containers, they'll get back into the recycling habit," Priest says. 

The plan, city officials say is to eventually expand this program outside of the city limits.  

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