On Tuesday night, Albany City Commissioners voted to start accepting bids from companies to begin a voluntary curbside recycling pick-up service for residents.
Commissioners say the idea has been in the works for some time after residents began asking about beginning the service, which is common in larger cities.
Commissioner Christopher Pike says this will give citizens the option of having a direct pick-up for recycling instead of having to take it to one of the three receptacles in town, which could encourage the act of recycling.
Commissioner Roger Marietta says the city is responsible for a fee every time they drop trash off at the county landfill, so by having less to drop off they would save money and also help extend the lifespan of the landfill by filling it less.
The monthly fee will be decided on once the lowest bid is chosen, and officials hope to have the new service in place before the end of the year.