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Free Drop-Off Recycling to Remain in Normal, Ill.

Midwest Fiber will take over the service from the city.

Residents of Normal, Ill., will continue to have access to free drop-off recycling, despite the town eliminating the service from its budget. Local recycling company Midwest Fiber has agreed to take over the service for the town, although access will be at a lower level than it is currently. The transfer is pending approval by the City Council.

The company will be obligated to provide the service until at least May 2020, and ownership of the metal recycling containers and container truck will be transferred from the town to the company at the end of 2019.

The Pantagraph has more information:

Normal recycling company Midwest Fiber will take on the service, saving taxpayers an estimated $138,000 per year while maintaining access, though at a lower level than now, pending City Council approval Monday.

The town would go from eight recycling drop-off sites to four: Chiddix Junior High School, 300 S. Walnut St.; Jewel-Osco, 901 S. Cottage Ave.; University Center, 1101 N. Main St.; and Walmart, 300 Greenbriar Drive.

"They like the product. It generates a fair amount of recyclable product that they can process and sell," said City Manager Mark Peterson of Midwest Fiber. "We think it's terrific. It's a useful service, not only for some of our residents, but people living in Bloomington and rural areas."

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