Dickson County is taking the first step to begin what it hopes will develop into a countywide recycling program. Capital outlay notes totaling $117,000 were approved at Monday night’s county commission meeting for the purchase of a variety of equipment for the Solid Waste Management Department’s recycling startup. The purchases include a cardboard baler, compactor, materials boxes and other equipment such as a new garbage truck. Superintendent Jim Lunn said the county plans to expand its convenience center on West Grab Creek Road to include the collection of newspaper, magazines, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans and glass. Lunn said all of the collection bins currently located behind the Dickson County Library will be relocated to the new site. On Monday’s Power Lunch program on WDKN, Mayor Bob Rial said the challenge to starting a recycling program is finding the right vendors to accept the materials. Rial said the county owns more land around the Grab Creek site and will be working to expand the facility to accommodate the recycling collection operations. Lunn said he hopes to have the recycling operation up and running before winter. At the startup stage, it will be up to residents to sort recyclables and bring them to the collection point. Lunn said he is hoping to be able to expand with additional collection points around the county in the near future. Other capital outlay notes approved Monday night include $33,000 for a new truck for the county maintenance department and $90,000 for the new convalescent unit for the ambulance service.