LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Lexington’s Recycling Center will be shut down Thursday and Friday because of a mechanical problem.
The mechanical problem involves a machine that separates aluminum cans from other materials. The replacement part is expected to arrive Friday, according to a press release. Waste Management drivers will collect recyclables during the shutdown and the materials will be diverted to the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station and sent to a landfill. Recyclables collected on Thursday and Friday by Republic Services will be diverted to a recycling facility in Louisville.
The recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday. The city says they resist diverting recycled material but cannot store materials outside of the facility.
If you want your recyclables collected on Thursday or Friday, place your carts out like normal.
Officials said in the press release that people can prevent future mechanical issues by recycling properly and keeping recyclable materials dry by closing lids on carts and dumpsters to prevent moisture from getting in. Unwanted and wet materials place additional stress on mechanical components and can place employees at risk.
Lexington’s Recycle Center only accepts: dry cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs with a screwtop neck, glass bottles and jars.
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