LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim: the Lexington Recycle Center.
Nancy Albright, Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works, says the center, which serves a dozen central Kentucky counties, is being shut down for several weeks, starting Monday.
According to Albright, a shaft that moves the recyclables for sorting, broke down earlier this week. The company that makes parts for the equipment is shut down for at least three weeks because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Over the past year we have been making long overdue improvements to the equipment at the recycling center,” Albright said. “This equipment was scheduled to be overhauled.”
The suspension of recycling services not only affects Lexington and Fayette County, but their partner communities, who have been notified of the problem.
Those include: Anderson County, Berea, Boyle County, Clark County, Danville, Frankfort, Franklin County, Georgetown, Harrison County, Harrodsburg, Jessamine County, Lawrenceburg, Madison County, Midway, Montgomery County, Mt. Sterling, Nicholasville, Paris, Scott County, Shelby County, Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Versailles, Winchester and Woodford County.
Each of those communities will be informing their residents of changes in the collection process based on their local storage capacity.
For example, Central Kentucky Hauling, who provides trash and recycling serves pick-up in much of the region, told their customers on Thursday that effective immediately, all material that residents set out for pickup in their trash and recycling carts, will be treated as trash and disposed of at the Lexington Transfer Station. Residents do have the option to store their recyclables themselves for collection and processing once the recycling center reopens.
in Lexington it also means there will be no curbside collection of residential and commercial recyclables for several weeks.
Albright adds, within Lexington, clean paper recycling is not affected. People can continue to take their clean paper - newspapers, office paper, paper mail, magazines and catalogs - to the yellow recycling bins located around Fayette County.