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Good Question: How does the city justify buying new recycling equipment and trucks?


Recycling is becoming easier in Lexington, and that's good news because 70%of materials thrown away could be recycled or composted.

Good Question:Elizabeth in Lexington: With the current state of the economy how does the city justify buying new garbage trucks and recycling equipment?

In Lexington 22 tons of recyclables are processed each year.

"We want Lexington to continue to be a recycling leader in the region," said Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry.

The mayor has watched recycling become big business.

"It saves money while at the same time producing revenue," said Mayor Newberry.

In fact, recycling is actually paying off for the folks who live here.

"As a result of our increase in revenue and decrease in expenses associated with recycling we were able to reduce our property tax by about 10% last year."

A 10,000 square foot expansion at the recycling center means more materials can now be processed.

Inside new equipment speeds up the process, a win, win the mayor says for everyone.

"The expansion means that we can handle three times as many recyclables here at the center and with that expanded capacity we estimate we can save taxpayers $1.5 million annually."

The city has five new sidearm trucks that can service Rosies, Herbies and Lennys in one trip.

As for the cost, the city budgets money to replace trucks as the fleet ages.

The city says the new sidearm trucks reduces the number of workers per truck and the number of worker injuries related to garbage collection.

For more information on going green in Lexington go to www.livegreenlexington.com.


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