Lexington Continues To Face Recycling Challenges

Jun 6, 2019

Bundled Aluminum Cans at the Lexington Recycling Center
Credit Stu Johnson

Lexington’s recycling efforts are facing some challenges.  The downtown recycling center is shut down due to a mechanical problem with a machine which sorts aluminum cans. 

City officials suspended paper recycling in mid-May because regional mills were overrun with material.  Angela Poe with Lexington’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Department said the city remains committed to door -to-door recycling. 

“We want to make sure that people know that the recycling center is here to stay and that the city is really committed to recycling.  There are over a million dollars, I think close to a million and a half dollars of investments that a planned for this summer and upcoming fiscal year,” said Poe.

Poe said that includes safety equipment, a new conveyor belt, and an optical sorter for plastics.  She said installation will require the recycling center to be shut down for about two weeks.  A time for making those improvements is not yet scheduled.  In the short term, the Lexington recycling center is expected to resume operations on Monday.

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