Recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city’s recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday after having been shut down on Thursday and part of Friday after a gearbox motor on the facility’s main conveyor belt broke.

Barry Prater, who manages the recycling center, said Friday that the broken gearbox motor has been repaired and that a limited amount of processing had been performed by mid-afternoon. Prather said he expected workers to process the remaining material on hand by the end of the workday.

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A new gearbox motor has been ordered, and should be available for installation in 2-3 weeks.

Those who participate in the city’s recycling program can help prevent future mechanical issues by recycling properly and keeping recyclable materials dry. Unwanted and wet materials can damage equipment and place employees at risk.

Lexington’s recycle center only accepts dry cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs with a screwtop neck, mixed paper and glass bottles and jars. A downloadable flyer of acceptable materials is available in six languages at www.LexingtonKY.gov/recycle.