The City of Waleska will no longer offer recycling with its trash service after the end of this month.

Recycling bins for customers in the city, which contracts with Waste Pro USA for trash, will be picked up starting May 1 due to “wide-spread contamination,” the city announced Monday.

Contaminated batches have been going into the company’s recycling truck for several months, Waleska city manager and clerk Robyn Smith said.

“Once they empty one bad bin in the recycle truck it contaminates the whole truck,” she said in an email.

Waleska trash customers will continue to pay their regular rate, $20 a month. The city pays Waste Pro about $18,000 a month, Smith said, and that is not expected to change.

“Recycling was provided as a courtesy to the customer in hopes of encouraging proper recycling,” the city said in a statement on its website.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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