Jackson and Harrison Counties Are Striving to be Green

Jackson and Harrison counties hope to be able to have their own recycling facility in the coming year. (Rick Ireton)
Jackson and Harrison counties hope to be able to have their own recycling facility in the coming year. (Rick Ireton)
Contributor: Sarah Duffey
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Updated: 10/21/2013 8:41 pm
Waste Pro is in talks about building a recycling plant here on the Coast. Right now, all Waste Pro recycling is transported out of the state to Theodore, Alabama to be processed. The reason the recycling is taken so far is because the closest recycling center is not owned by Waste Pro. The Summerol facility in Biloxi cannot sort materials itself, so for residential recycling to be processed there, all the aluminum, glass, and plastic would have to be hand sorted. Some of the ways a new facility could benefit the Coast are: it would reduce land fill usage and would cut costs for residents, as well as Waste Pro. Rupert Jermont, the Operations Manager for Waste Pro, says, "You know it's three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Try to reduce as much trash as you can, reuse all your materials for different things, and the recycle it, and that's the key to saving the space and saving the land.”

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