Recycling program saved in Santa Cruz County

The recycling program in Santa Cruz County will not hit the chopping block. Despite the program being in the red.

For the last 2 years the recycling program has been in debt. This year the program is over $40,000 in debt. The county's public works department felt that the program needed to be suspended, so the county could stay on budget.

"Our public works director, who is also in charge of the landfill came to us and said were losing money with the recycling program," said Supervisor Manuel Ruiz.

In Santa Cruz County, excluding Nogales, the residents have to drive their recycling to the landfill. They don't have bins to put at the end of their driveway for pick up.

Today at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, the group considered the option of suspending the program. A decision that half a dozen audience members didn't agree with. "I was concerned and my network members feel that recycling is important," said Cassalyn David from the Santa Cruz Adolescent Wellness Network.

The board decided not to dump the program. They did vote on several things. Including, stating the process of possible increasing fees for solid waste or recycling and getting a residential committee together to study the program. To figure out ways to get and keep the program out of debt.

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