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Recycling on hold in Lexington for upgrades

Posted at 6:56 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 13:11:11-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — First, Lexington residents were asked to hold their paper.

Now they are being asked to hold their entire bin.

"This will make the entire facility more efficient and run more smoothly," explained Lauren Monahan, Lexington Division of Waste Management's Environmental Initiative Specialist.

Lexington's Recycle Center will shut down for about two weeks in January for renovations that are part of a $2 million project that began in 2019.

The plan is to replace the main conveyor belt, fire protection system and heating system, among other small projects.

Monahan said this is the first time she has seen the facility plan to shut down.

She explained the closure is all preventative.

"Generally this will prevent you know if we have a large piece of machinery that shuts down that will cause us to close for a day or two," Monahan said.

The center will be shut down between Jan. 6 and Jan. 19.

Until the work is done, the city of Lexington recommends residents hold their recycling until service resumes on the week of Jan. 20.

Despite this two-week closure, paper recycling is still unavailable until further notice.

A spokeswoman at Mayor Linda Gorton's office said on Thursday that Lexington residents can expect to hear about next steps for the paper ban at the end of January.