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Paper recycling returns to Lexington

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 22, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Paper recycling is back in Lexington, although it is a temporary plan while the city works on a more permanent solution.

"Paper recycling is a huge deal for our citizens here. They love it,” said Mayor Linda Gorton.

That's why city officials say bringing it back was a long time coming, ever since the Lexington Recycle Center stopped accepting paper last May.

With the new recycling program, there are six large, yellow recycling bins throughout the city. They can be found at:

  • Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road.
  • Constitution Park, 1670 Old Paris Road.
  • Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Drive.
  • Pleasant Ridge Park, 1350 Pleasant Ridge Drive.
  • Good Foods Coop, 455 Southland Drive.
  • Lexington Recycle Center, 360 Thompson Road.

You can throw clean paper products, like newspaper, magazines, and paper mail, straight into the bins. The paper will be collected and made into bales that can be sold to mills.

"Our ultimate goal is to be able to restore curbside paper recycling, so that people don't have to drive somewhere to drop it off. We're just not quite ready with our facility yet,” said Nancy Albright, Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works.

The city will be monitoring the bins to see how often they fill up and if more may be needed. You can learn more atLexingtonKY.gov/Recycle.