LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Recycling is on the downfall in most cities in Texas.
Due to the increasing cost for collecting and processing without a turn on their investment the city now has to make a change.
Lufkin Assistant City Manager Steve Floyd said that an important financial matter.
"We were going through our budget process this year and for the first time in seventeen years we noticed a shortfall in the residential recycling program and what we've done is we're looking to provide some options to the city council" Floyd said.
Those options are options are to get rid of the curbside recycling in the city and just keep the local drop off site, increase the rate that city members pay for solid waste each month or get rid of it completely.
"Recycling is a service that has never really made any money, at best it may break even and I'm pretty positive that that's never happened." Floyd said.
If the city does decide to increase the solid waste fee to keep curbside recycling it would be the first rate increase in the city since 1999.
Despite this there are some that say they don't mind the increase if it means they can continue to help protect our environment.
Angelina Beautiful Clean Board chairman Brenda Newton said it's vital to keep recycling here in Lufkin.
"If we have no place to recycle, why are we teaching our children to recycle? What are we teaching them to do? Save it then throw it in a landfill or save it to help our earth?" Newton said.
There is also a survey being given by the city of Lufkin to help them gain insight and feedback from recyclers to help them determine the best course of action for the recycling plan.
Newton also urges Lufkin residents to take the survey.
"It's important to go online and take that survey simply because the fact that it allows you to have a voice in your community it also allows you to try to understand a little more about recycling." Newton said.
The cutoff date for the survey is August 24th, 2016 at 5 o'clock PM. You can take the survey by clicking here http://www.cityoflufkin.com/survey.htm.
The council will meet and overlook the survey results on September 6th and will decide the issue then.