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Recycling causes mess in Benton, Mo.

There is a trailer parked in a city park, and people from the surrounding communities can drop off their paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. There is a trailer parked in a city park, and people from the surrounding communities can drop off their paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard.
Holland says when the trailers fill up, people pile the extra materials, and even trash, on the ground. Holland says when the trailers fill up, people pile the extra materials, and even trash, on the ground.
The city is considering shutting the program down if people don't start following the rules. The city is considering shutting the program down if people don't start following the rules.
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

It's meant to be something to help the community and the keep the environment clean.

But when people can't follow the recycling rules, it's actually causing more of a problem than before.

Lee Holland said he just likes to recycle, but if people don't follow the rules, it could go away.

So Holland said he started a recycling program in Benton, Missouri in April 2010. Currently, there's a trailer parked in a city park, and people from the surrounding communities can drop off their paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. He said since 2010, they've filled 102 trailers with reusable items.

But, he said even with that clean success, it's a mess.

"We have rules posted, first one do not leave anything outside of the containers on the ground at any time, which has been our biggest problems," said Holland.

Holland said when the trailers fill up, people pile the extra materials, and even trash, on the ground.

"I've actually come up sometimes and bags of stuff sitting in front of the sign that says do not leave anything here, piled up to the point where you can't read the rules anymore," said Holland.

"When these things are full, they're full, we're trying our best to get these things out of here," said Devin Miller.

Miller helps haul the trailers to sort in Dexter.

"It's just like a never ending cycle with this stuff sometimes," said Miller.

Miller and Holland said the extra piles, can cause an extra mess.

"The wind blows it in people's yards, it blows everywhere there's basically trash everywhere," said Miller.

"They leave the bags out here, and the city employees have to come and cut grass and they hit the bags and chop it all up, and turns into litter," said Holland.

Holland said he tried to keep it clean by packing up the piles into his truck. But he said the city is considering shutting the program down if people don't start following the rules.

"Because it's in the city park now, so all the garbage laying around they dump, it just looks bad for the city," said Holland.

It's stuff that's causing a mess now, but if reused properly, can keep the area clean.

"It's truly about the environment because we waste a lot of plastic, a lot of metal, a lot of paper, a lot of cardboard," said Holland.

"Rather than throwing it all in the trash can, they can have a chance to actually do something," said Miller.

"I don't want to lose this, so I want to do everything I can to keep it," said Holland.

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