Cardboard collection suspended at Owensboro recycling center


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Officials with the City of Owensboro announced Monday that the city’s drop-off recycling center has suspended cardboard collection due to recycling market conditions.

The center is located at 1401 West 7th St.

There was so much cardboard in the containers Monday afternoon. But there was so little time left to be recycled.

“It was kind of disappointing,” said Wendell Thompson of Thruston.

“It’s very disturbing that they’re not going to do it anymore,” adds Charles Daugherty, who was one of the last minute recyclers getting rid of weeks worth of boxes before the dumpsters were taken away. He wonders what he’ll do with boxes in the future.

“There’s room for it today, but what are we going to do from now on?” he asks.

City Public Works Director Wayne Shelton says one factor was a broker told them it would cost the city sixty dollars a ton to process cardboard for recycling. Cardboard isn’t the only thing the city stopped taking  in here at the recycling center. Last year, they stopped accepting plastic because China and other countries stopped buying recyclable plastic from the U.S.

“That doesn’t leave us much to recycle down here,” Thompson said.

Shelton also says cardboard could be accepted for recycling again in the future. These recyclers now must find other ways to get rid of it.

“I like to recycle everything. I’ll probably have to take it out to Grimes Avenue and see if they’ll take it,” says Thompson.

“I guess with people like me,  just be going into landfills because there is no other place and no one is going to make a trip 30-40 miles to drop it off,” says Daugherty. “It’s real sad.”

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(This story was originally published on January 6, 2020)

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