City Administrator Carl Geffken has addressed the public after finding out that nearly 1,500 tons of residents’ recycling was dumped into a local landfill instead of being properly recycled. This action happened because the city’s recycling facility closed in November 2016, residents were not informed of the changes and the city has not yet secured a new recycling processing contract.
Geffken has stated that officials will try to keep all recyclables sent to the landfill in one designated area until the city secures a new contract.
Southwest Times Record has more:
Fort Smith’s city administrator addressed the public Tuesday at a Board of Directors meeting after the fact that residents’ recycling has been dumped into a landfill instead of being recycled since November came to light.
“The lack of communication with the public is solely down to my responsibility as city administrator,” City Administrator Carl Geffken said.
Geffken told the Times Record on Monday that the city had been dumping recycling in a landfill without notifying residents, which was published in the Times Record on Tuesday. When the city’s contract with Smurfit KAPPA expired in September 2014, the city began taking recyclables to Green Source Recycling Center in Clarksville.