The Catoosa County News - - ED­I­TO­RI­ALS & OPIN­ION -

Those lo­ca­tions will in­clude Ringgold City Hall on the Mountain Street side, the Ringgold De­pot at 101 De­pot Street, the Ringgold Pub­lic Works Shop at 761 Sparks Street, and at the Ringgold Recre­ation Com­plex off Em­ber­son Drive.

Those in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing for the curb­side ser­vice can do so in per­son at Ringgold City Hall, on­line at Ci­ty­ofring­goldga. gov, or over the phone at 706-935-3061.

Fees for curb­side in­clude a $25 de­posit for the re­cy­cling can and a $5 monthly charge.

Ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude a break­down of what can and can­not be re­cy­cled.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can also be found at the cur­rent down­town lo­ca­tion through Nov. 27.

Card­board hauler

In ad­di­tion to the roll­out of the curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram, the city re­cently ap­proved the pur­chase of a card­board hauler to help with the abun­dance of card­board col­lected by some of the down­town mer­chants along Gen­eral Cle­burne Street.

Dur­ing the Oct. 8 coun­cil meet­ing, City Man­ager Dan Wright said that of­fer­ing one spot for all the busi­nesses to put their card­board might be bet­ter than adding ad­di­tional cans to an al­ready busy street.

“We have a lot of the busi­nesses down­town if you hap­pen to get out and walk the al­ley or Cle­burne Street, you’ll see that a lot of the card­board is stick­ing out of their garbage cans that we’re tak­ing to the land­fill,” Wright said. “The city is cur­rently pay­ing to do that, and then sev­eral of them will carry their card­board down to the drop-off cen­ter. There are also a lot of our garbage cans on Cle­burne Street and I don’t know that we want to en­cour­age a whole lot more in the re­cy­cling cans on Cle- burne Street.”

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion, the coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the pur­chase of a retro­fit­ted card­board hauler in the amount of $5,500.

The plan is to take the card­board to Chattanooga ev­ery cou­ple of weeks or when the hauler gets filled.

Clark thinks the ad­di­tion of the hauler will be a big help to the down­town busi­nesses.

“The busi­nesses in down­town have re­ally asked for this,” Clark said. “Their ma­jor item to re­cy­cle is the card­board, so they’ve re­ally been ask­ing, ‘can we do some­thing with the card­board’. This is some­thing that would re­ally meet the needs of our busi­nesses.”

/ Adam Cook

The city of Ringgold has an­nounced that its down­town re­cy­cling lo­ca­tion will close Nov. 27 and that it’s ready to of­fer curb­side pickup to res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

Sara Clark

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