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NE Missouri Sheltered Workshop wanting to raise recycling fee

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Dozens of jobs are on the line in Hannibal as the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop faces a tough financial situation.  That's why it's turning to voters to approve a recycling fee hike that would almost triple the current rate. 

Officials at the workshop say if they don't get help, they may have to close...and that would limit where you would take your recycling.  Right now, the workshop is more than 33 thousand dollars in the hole, but officials hope with some help from the community, they can keep the workshop going and keep about 50 people employed.

 

"A lot of people use it and if it wasn't there, there would be a lot of people throwing it out into the street or whatever," said Hannibal resident Richard Tower. 

Tower appreciates the recycling services provided by the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop and what it does for the community.  That's why he's fine with paying more to keep it open.

"Yeah I would be willing to pay that. I would actually pay them more because they do a lot of work up there," he said.

Right now, the recycling fee is $.70 a month, but the proposal is to raise that to a $1.90.

"Well we just don't get enough money for the product we're selling today. And that's no one's fault that's just the way the economy tends to be as far as the recycling business is concerned," said director John Yancey. 

And Yancey said without extra funds, the workshop would have to close.  Not only would that put an end to recycling, it would shut down the workshop's other main purpose, providing jobs to about 50 people with developmental disabilities.

However, some people are taking advantage of the recycling center and throwing away their trash, which ends up costing the workshop money to get rid of it.

"They could limit our costs in being a little more specific in what they recycle. And some of that can be through lack of understanding, but some people are bringing us some roofing material and I think everyone knows you can't recycle roof shingles," Yancey said. 

Before the recycling fee hike can go to voters in November, the city council will have to approve putting it on the ballot.  The first reading on the proposal will be August 6th.

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