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Residents in five Hendersonville areas will soon be able to place their recyclable trash by the curb free of charge.

Currently the city does not offer curbside recycling as a service to residents and those interested in recycling must contract with a private company.

Mayor Jamie Clary says that could change, however, if there is enough interest from residents and the endeavor proves to be cost-effective.

Beginning sometime in October, residents in Ballentrae, Millstone, Lawson Point, Windstar Bay and along Cranwill Drive will be offered the opportunity to participate in a pilot recycling program.

Each household will be given a cart in which to place recyclable Items like plastics, cardboard, paper and metals.

Clary said the chosen neighborhoods were selected because the city wanted to see how the program would work in different parts of the city as well as in neighborhoods with varying demographics.

"We're trying to see how many people recycle when it's free and easy and determine how much it will save the city in landfill and tipping fees," said Clary. "We should know how much these 800 residences will save us in landfill costs."

The program will last at least six months, and maybe longer depending on the response from residents, Clary added.

The city is currently advertising for bids for the project. Recyclable pick-up could be either once a week or once every other week, depending on who is awarded the contract.

Regular garbage service in those areas won't change.

According to Clary, the city currently pays $87,000 per month in tipping fees, or to dump trash in a land fill; and between $400,000 to $500,000 for twice-a-week residential trash pick-up.

If the city cuts its waste by 25 percent, it will save $21,750 per month, Clary says.

"From this savings and the garbage pick-up savings, we need to pay for recycling pickup service and containers," he said. "This is an initiative focused on reducing costs for the city."

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