MONROE -- Look around many neighborhoods in Monroe and chances are you'll see green trash bins.
That's all they're meant for, though, just trash.
Leaders with the Monroe Garden Study League said they've been trying to get curbside recycling since August.
"We've moved six times and everywhere we go, they always have had recycling and we moved to Monroe and there are people who want recycling desperately," said Cathy Cheek, President of the Conservation Committee of the Monroe Garden Study League.
The League was unsuccessful until Monroe and Shreveport-based business Progressive Waste Solutions signed on to provide the recycling bins and trucks just last week.
"We do want to start out in condensed areas, to start out with, and then after that we'll probably branch out into other areas," PWS Recycling Specialist, Brent Johnson, said.
Now, Monroe's on the verge of a voluntary weekly curbside recycling program, one that Johnson said will try to reach out to all Monroe residents and homeowners associations, including ones in West Monroe.
Directors of the program said it will bring more convenience and offer more options than Monroe's current recycling drop-off locations.
"We're wanting to get the full deal with cardboard, your plastics, tin, aluminum cans, just kind of get the whole thing where everything can go in together," said Johnson.
The MGSL said these recycling bins are going to be the same size as the trash bins that Monroe residents already have and they won't break the bank.
"Seven dollars a month, that's less than two dollars a week and if you think of it that way, you'll spend that much in gas going to take your recyclables to one of the locations in town," Cheek said.
The cost for residents will be $7 a month for a weekly pick-up and Progressive said they will provide the the bins at no extra cost.
Paper, magazines, tin and steel, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, plastics (1-7) and cardboard will be accepted. Styrofoam, glass and plastic grocery bags will not.
For businesses who want the service, it is a cost of $60 a month for 8-yard containers and $120 for twice-a-week pickup. Rates will vary due to the size of the business.
The recycling program only starts if 3,000 people sign up and more names are needed.
Those heading up the program call this an affordable price to pay for beautifying Monroe and lessening its landfill.
"Every time you open up your trash to put it in, you think about what you're putting in there," said Cheek. "That's going into the landfill."
"With people seeing that these materials are being recycled and that they're going towards a good cause, hopefully that will help just clean up the area and keep Ouachita Parish beautiful," Johnson said.
If you're worried about billing for this service, Progressive Waste Solutions said you can pay that monthly bill online or in a monthly paper bill.
If you'd like to sign up for this program, you can E-mail Brent Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also E-mail Cathy Cheek at email@example.com.
Johnson and Cheek said to include your address and basic contact information in the E-mail.
Johnson said once all 3,000 people have signed up for it, it will take a turnaround of 90 days to acquire all the bins so the program can begin.