HANNIBAL | Residents in Hannibal showed their support for recycling Tuesday, agreeing to keep paying a monthly recycling fee for the next three years.
The issue was supported by 57% of the voters and will preserve the monthly fee of $1.90 on utility bills issued by the Hannibal Board of Public Works, for recycling provided within the city limits of Hannibal.
A third-party contractor will be hired to provide recycling services, with preference granted to contractors that providing jobs for people with disabilities.
The fee is set to expire on April 30, 2023.
The delay in voting on the recycling ordinance left the Hannibal Board of Public Works Board with a decision to make regarding collection of the recycling fee. Rather than continue to collect the fee beyond the date when it needed to be re-approved, the HBPW Board opted to take a "safer option" which was to stop collection of that fee until such time as the people had an opportunity to vote on it. The HBPW ceased collection of the fee on May 1.
Factoring in the HBPW Board's decision to stop collection of the fee was the fact that 2 Rivers Industries, Inc., the contractor overseeing Hannibal's recycling program, had not been providing the service since late March when it suspended operations in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.