A resident asked Cheraw Town Council members Tuesday to think twice before replacing curbside recycling collections with a drop-off convenience center.
With just 197 people in town actually using their green box for recyling by the curb, council members have been researching less expensive alternative programs.
Sarah Ann Thompson asked the council not to give up on the recylcing program “without a fight,” and to hold off on decisions that would take residents back another step.
“South Carolina has already been named the dirtiest state in the nation, and this is not helping our community or our image,” said Thompson.
Dru Benny, a Cheraw native who has recently returned home, also addressed the council.
“This is not the town I left,” she said. “I want to be proud of Cheraw. I’ve spent the last 30 years telling all of York County that Cheraw is the prettiest town in Dixie.”
Benny urged council members to do what’s best “for the community and the earth.”
However, recommendations had been made prior to their requests and the council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Waste Management that will become effective July 1. At that time, a convenience center will be set up with single-stream recycling, meaning paper and plastics do not have to be separated.
The new contract will signigicantly lower recycling program costs.
“We are looking to save about $400,000 over the next five years,” said Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram.
Councilman Fred Harris asked how these savings would be passed on to residential customers.
That money, said Town Administrator Mike Smith, will help build the general fund.
In other news, council members, participants in the town’s gymnastics program and their parents gave Vickie Walker a standing ovation Tuesday evening. Ingram thanked Walker for her years of dedication to the program and gave her credit for building it from the ground up.
Several of the gymnastics teams recently won state titles. They were recognized as well.
Walker’s involvement with the program has enabled the town to consider hosting statewide gymnastic competitions in the near future at the Cheraw Complex.
— Reach staff writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.