At the time, the city proposed a voluntary program for those who paid and that did not catch on. Perhaps they should have proposed a fee for those who wished to opt out.
Anyway, after many years, Calhoun County implemented a recycling program with drop-off points at the Quintard Mall and the Noble Street Winn-Dixie. Participation appeared to be relatively good as the bins were frequently overflowing. I noticed last week that the bins had disappeared from the mall, and in checking I found that they had to be removed to make room for a sign and that a replacement location had not been offered. This leaves only the single container on Noble (again, only limited space provided).
Come on folks, where is your community spirit? If our citizens are willing to take their time to collect and sort recyclables and bear the expense to transport it to the collection point, it would seem that more local businesses should offer space for the containers.