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Lexington, Ky., Announces Plan to Fix Citywide Recycling Problems

The city hired Resource Recycling Systems to help Lexington overhaul its recycling program.

Lexington, Ky., seeks to overhaul its recycling center and fix citywide recycling problems. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced plans to begin fixing the city’s recycling program and ordered city staffers to hire experts to make recommendations.

On June 21, the staff hired Resource Recycling Systems to recommend ways Lexington could overhaul its recycling program, including:

  • Development of a short- and long-range strategic plan for recycling in Lexington.
  • Investigating private operation of the city’s recycling center.
  • Seeking new markets for paper bales.
  • Assessing and securing contracts for crushed glass.
  • Evaluating the purchase of advanced glass recycling machinery.

In May, the city announced it would temporarily suspend paper recycling due to changes in the global recycling market. Then, at the beginning of June, the city’s recycling center was shut down because of a mechanical problem with machinery. On June 12, the recycling center reopened and began processing recyclable materials. Staff at the recycling center is working on a permanent solution to fix machinery.

WUKY has more details:

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has announced plans to start fixing the city’s many recycling problems.  In the past two months, the center had to shut down twice because of malfunctioning equipment.  Last month, the Recycling Center announced it would no longer take paper products because there was no market for it.  The center says all paper products it receives now goes to the landfill.

“Our staff works hard, but they can’t possibly overcome an inadequate facility, equipment that’s outdated and markets that have changed,” Gorton said in a statement released Friday. “We need a good plan to move forward.”

Gorton says, like other people, every time she throws a piece of paper into a garbage can, it feels wrong.

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