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Eyesore Part 4: Cleaning Up Kamper Park Recycling Site

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The City of Hattiesburg has two drop-off recycling locations., but some say one of them looks like a huge eyesore at times. The company that does pick-up is blaming the residents.

"Sometimes people will mattresses and old vacuums," said Parks and Recs Manager Ann Jones. "That's not the appropriate way to recycle."

"We want to bring awareness to recycling, and the need to recycle, and the importance of recycling and doing it correctly," she said.

She said it's not the city's responsibility to do pick up here.

"The city's recycling program is administered through Waste Pro," Jones said.

Earlier this week, the site looked as if the materials were not being picked up regularly. However, Waste Pro Senior Vice President Ron Pecora says that's not the case.

"The problem is not in a collection problem," he said. "What we are doing right now is monitoring the site everyday."

He agrees with Jones.

"Unfortunately people are using these bins as garbage cans," he said. "It's more than a simple messy area."

"This also creates a problem for recycling centers to use the materials.

"When the garbage is mixed in with the recycling it contaminates the recycling," he said.

Jones wants residents to start recycling properly to keep Hattiesburg beautiful.

"We take paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, or glass," she said.

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