New Curbside Recycling to Start April 1st

Robert Gates and Danny Woolums from Bluegrass Greensource

Robert Gates and Danny Woolums from Bluegrass Greensource

Yesterday, county and city officials, representatives from Bluegrass Greensource and Republic Services, students from Emma B Ward’s Green Team, and more came together for a stakeholders meeting for the new countywide recycling program.  During these past few months, county and city officials have been negotiating a new contract with Republic Services which currently does curbside pickup of trash for all residents.  Under the new contract, Republic Services will begin curbside pickup of recyclables countywide starting on April 1st.  The pickup, which will be free for residents who have trash pickup, will occur every two weeks and a new special 95 gallon cart will be distributed to residents for the program.  All recyclables, which include cardboard, cans, plastic, paper, and glass, will then be delivered to Lexington-Fayette’s recycling center for processing.

Outside of announcing the new program, the meeting was a brainstorming session where officials and those invited could discuss ideas on how to spread the word on the recycling program and what issues might arise.  Discussions involved educating students at the schools about the program and ways to let people know about the program through current local government programs.  Some of the issues that were brought up included residents who might not be physically able to bring another cart to the curb, and how recycling will work for businesses.  There was also discussions that the current towed recycling carts that the county has used for recycling drop off locations will be used for businesses and possibly for residents who still wish to drop off their recyclables.

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