Harrison County at Top of the Heap When It Comes to Recycling
Harrison county residents and the Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA), are a cut above and tops when it comes to recycling in our state. In their monthly board meeting Thursday, HCUA officials announced record recycling rates for the last six months in Harrison County, leading to a major state award for the Harrison County Utility Authority and a position on the Mississippi Recycling Coalition.
Some of the county’s recycling highlights: an all time high of 35% of Harrison County households participating in the county’s recycling program. That’s up from 29% in the previous six month period.
Also, 3,968 tons of materials were recycled, an 8% increase over the last reporting period.
Twenty-one of 30 routes, or 70%, performed above the previous average participation rate of 29%.
Areas recording the highest participation rates were north Harrison County west of Highway 15, west Pass Christian, north Long Beach, north Gulfport west of Highway 49, central and west Biloxi, and central and north D’Iberville.
Mayors from these cities, along with other local officials, were on hand for the award presentation. HCUA leaders say as a result of these achievements and great strides made in improving recycling rates since the start of HCUA’s new solid waste contract, HCUA was recently named “Local Government Recycler of the Year” by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition during their annual recycling conference held in late October.