Many communities offer curbside recycling programs or recycling rolloffs or trailers in outlying counties.
Lexington has had a recycling program for more than 20 years, and every year we collect more and more recyclables diverting them to the landfill. In the FY 2012, the recycling center processed over 31,000 tons of material. That material was sold for revenue of over $2.7 M, and by not landfilling that material, saved the city over $800,000 in landfill fees.
The main way for residents to recycle is to request a Rosie for their home. In that Rosie, they can place the following items, all mixed in without bagging or separating: cardboard, fiber board (such as cereal and cracker boxes), newspaper, magazines, phone books, and other paper products, such as office paper folders, junk mail, shredded paper, envelopes; steel cans and aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and jugs.
Plastics tend to be a little confusing. The only plastics are to be placed in the Rosie are plastic containers that had water, beverages, juice, soda, milk, laundry detergent, fabric softener and bleach.
The material is then collected and delivered to the Lexington Recycling Center, at 360 Thompson Road, where it is sorted and separate, bailed and shipped to manufacturing companies that will use it to make other products.
If residents have lots of cardboard, that don’t fit in the Rosies, they can flatten it, tie it and place it besides the cart, on the curb. They can also bring extra recyclables, to drop off recycling rolloffs containers, in 13 locations throughout the city. To find one closes to them, they can visit www.lexingtonky.gov/recycle.
Electronics are also recyclable in Lexington, through the Ecycle Center, at 1306 Versailles Road. They accept items such as computers, printers, microwaves, telephones, cell phones, video game systems, and TVs. Fayette Co residents can drop of the items at the Ecycle Center. They just need to drive in, and someone will unload the items from their car. The resident will need to be ready to show proof of Fayette Co. residency. Electronics shouldn’t be placed in the Rosie.
The Ecycle Center also accepts items such as electric cords and extension cords, holiday lights, printer cartridges, VHs and cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs and their cases, rechargeable batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.
If residents have metal items, such as metal door, wiring, cooking pots and pans, they aren’t to be placed in the Rosie. Instead, they can be taken to a local metal scrap company (such as Wise Recycling and Baker Iron and Metal) or they can be dropped of at one of the metal drop of containers located at the Lexington Recycling Center.
For more information on recycling, residents call always call LexCall at 311, or visit www.lexingtonky.gov/recycle.