- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Recycling is going to be more of a focus in one Alabama city.

The Florence Times Daily (https://bit.ly/1HmPmcu ) reports 11,600 blue carts will be sent to households in Florence through a national grant from Curbside Value Partnership. Florence was one of three cities, along with Columbia, South Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia, to receive $300,000 last year for the carts, with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management matching the grant.

Public Works director David Koonce says distribution of the new carts will take up to three weeks.

City Councilman Barry Morris says recycling is too costly and uses more resources than are saved.

Residents will be charged $1.50 a month for the services.

Florence started its recycling program as a pilot project in 1987.

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Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/

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