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Residents left with questions after City of Beaumont decides to end recycling services

The last week of July will be the final week that service will be offered across Beaumont.

BEAUMONT, Texas — The City of Beaumont decided to end recycling services for the city. 

The last week of July will be the final week that customers can place items in designated compartments.

Waste Management, a recycling company with a Beaumont facility, processes items after they are transported from the homes of thousands of residents. 

The recycling company is closing their Beaumont plant by early August.

As a result, the City of Beaumont is ending their recycling program, with no place to process items. 

More than 900 customers participate in Beaumont's recycling program. Waste Management officials said it wasn't an easy decision for them but it was a choice they had to make.

 "This decision was not taken lightly. Unfortunately, the recycling industry continues to experience depressed market pricing amid global market constrictions," Waste Management  Public Affairs director, Lisa Doughty said. "Processing materials has skyrocketed as recyclers are working to clean inbound materials to quality specifications required by end market buyers." 

With the facility closing soon, customers are left wondering where they will have to go to dispose of recyclable items.

One Beaumont resident said those in the city should be more conscious of the environment. 

"It's the duty to protect the environment and by just letting people dump garbage anywhere, you know it's not satisfactory," Donald Ownen said. "Beaumont is not very conscious about the environment."

Today's bill is the last one that customers will receive. In a statement, the City of Beaumont says they will still pick up bulk items.  

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