City holds off on curbside recycling for a year



CUMMING, Ga. — Curbside recycling in the City of Cumming has been scrapped for this year.

The City Council voted Nov. 21 to hold off another year before making a decision on the proposed program.

In previous attempts, curbside recycling failed because a lot of the materials collected by the city had to be shipped out of state due to space limitations, according to Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.

Since then, he said he spoke with many homeowners who said they were interested in reinstating the program.

The city sent a survey to residents earlier this year to gauge their interest. At their November meeting, the council went over the results.

Utility Billing Manager Barbara Pitts said the Cumming Utilities Department mailed out 1,716 questionnaires to citizens already receiving garbage service from the city for $15 a month.

The questionnaire asked for a vote of yes or no to curbside recycling which would increase their monthly garbage service bill by $7, or to a total of $22.

Of the 400 responses, 308 responded no and 92 said yes.

“There wasn’t a lot of interest in the recycling as of now,” Gravitt said. “The board can postpone it and see what can be worked out.”

Instituting a curbside recycling program is part of the city’s comprehensive plan. It is slated to start in 2018 from a private contractor and will be the administration’s responsibility. The plan said it will be paid through the city’s general fund.

Forsyth County has three convenience centers that accept a variety of recyclables. Recycling is free with a few exceptions and the quantity is unlimited. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To view a complete list of what items are accepted, visit

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