Plastic will no longer be accepted at Owensboro’s recycling center

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro public works officials say plastic will no longer be accepted for recycling at the city’s recycling center.

The decision was made late last week.

Public Works Director Wayne Shelton says it’s due to China no longer buying recyclable plastic from the U.S.

Aluminum cans, cardboard, and newspapers are still accepted.

“What we’ve had difficulty doing, like other municipalities, is finding a broker or outlet to find our plastics. Without going to an over the road trucking system, we’ve had difficulty outsourcing the plastic in the Owensboro area.”

Shelton also says Owensboro residents should look at other options to disposing plastic.

He adds the city isn’t ruling out re-accepting plastic in the future.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 16, 2019)

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