Lexington temporarily suspends paper recycling


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in several Central Kentucky communities are being told to stop recycling paper products – for now.

The city of Lexington says, starting immediately, it is temporarily suspending paper recycling at the Lexington Recycle Center.

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According to the city, an overabundance of materials in the recycling marketplace is forcing outlets that take paper products to only accept a limited amounts of paper.

Because the Recycling Center doesn’t have enough space to take in more paper and store it until other recycling outlets are found, people are being encouraged to throw office paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls and similar products in their trashcans for the time being.

In addition to Lexington, the center receives recycling material from Berea, Frankfort, Franklin County, Georgetown, Harrison County, Jessamine County, Madison County, Nicholasville, Paris, Versailles, Winchester and Woodford County.

People who live in those communities are also being told to stop recycling paper products.

The city says it is actively seeking new recycling outlets for paper and believes at least three new nearby mills are expected to begin receiving materials by the end of the year.