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Good Question: How do I know what I should and shouldn't recycle?

Every American creates nearly five pounds of waste each day.

Here in Lexington efforts to get more people recycling seem to be working.

Over the last two years the amount of material recycled has been rapidly increasing.

Good Question: How do I know what I should and shouldn't recycle?

At the Fayette County Recycling Center machines are always going full steam ahead.

"Last year we recycled 24,000 tons of material," said Esther Moberly.

Moberly is the Recycling Program Specialist, she says between 70 and 75 percent of homes in Lexington have a Rosie, but not all of them are using it every week.

For those that are, the material ends up at the center and the end result is bundles of recyclables that have been kept out of the landfill.

We all know what should be recycled:

Cardboard boxes
Cans
Plastic bottles
Paper
Glass.

At the recycling center there is a pile though, well its what people send and what shouldn't be recycled.

"What's happening is a lot of people we think are over eager about recycling and they see something that's made out of metal and they think its metal, its recyclable," said Moberly.

Items that cannot be recycled include:
Car parts
Ropes
Extension cords
Metal Wires
Plastic baskets
Toys
Tools
Syringes
Plastic bags
Hoses
Tires
Tanks
Clothes Hangars
Tarps/Clothing
Lawn Chairs
Buckets
Electronics
Yard Waste

The reason these items can't be recycled, they can be a danger.

"What happens is that causes trouble for our machines, jam our machines or could injure our employees," said Moberly.

As for the growing pile of items that can't be recycled, Moberly says they are working to find a way to properly dispose of them all and keep them out of the landfill.

For more information for if you have a question about recycling you can call LexCall at 311 or 859-425-CALL


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