North Augusta revamps blue bag recycling program

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News 12 First at Five / Monday, June 24, 2013

North Augusta Blue Bag Recycling program overhaul.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The North Augusta Blue Bag Recycling Program is getting revamped and has many in the area wondering what happened to the blue bags.

"I'd say probably for every one bag of trash we have in our household, we have two bags of recycling," said Jay Richardson.

That's one reason Richardson decided to make the move from Augusta to North Augusta about a year and a half ago.

"I lived in Augusta for about year before I moved to North Augusta, and I found it, honestly, pretty hard to recycle things when I was in Augusta," Richardson explained. "So, I moved to North Augusta and they've made it very easy for us."

The City of North Augusta's website says its Blue Bag Program is recognized as one of the best in the state. But lately, some folks have been wondering where the bags are. It's a question many are asking because everyone who lives within city limits has to pay for the program ... whether they use it or not.

"They've started getting a little scarcer," said Linda Hamilton, who also lives in North Augusta.

North Augusta city workers told News 12 that after conducting a study from September 2012 to Jan. 1 of this year, they found major problems in how the bags were being used, so they decided to cut in half the number of bags they delivered. It went from 16 bags down to eight.

Now, the city is doing a big push with fliers explaining exactly how to use the bags. Major things to remember? No plastic rings or plastic bags, no lids or caps and make sure to completely fill the bag. See this flier for more details on exactly how to use the bags.

"I think they're good to do a study and see how they're being used, but [they should] almost give more blue bags than they do now," Richardson said.

Now, recycling officials have decided on 12 bags per delivery, which will allow for folks to put a blue bag out every week with their trash pickup.

"The easier that you make recycling in North Augusta, the more people that are going to do it," he said.

The next round of deliveries is set for July, and if you run out of bags in between and need more, just call (803) 441-4240 or email and they'll deliver more bags on the same day.

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