City: Recycling back on line sooner than expected

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After a hiccup earlier this week, Lexington has some good news for recycling enthusiasts.

Although the Lexington Recycling Center still will close on Monday, residential and business curbside recycling, and dumpster service will restart sooner than originally expected.

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The city said that is thanks to Machinex Technologies, the company that manufactured the city’s processing equipment.

“Machinex is not closed,” said Nancy Albright, Lexington’s commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works. “Instead they are working with us to help us fix our equipment and get the center up and operating as soon as possible.”

“Machinex certainly apologizes for any misunderstanding there may have been”, said Chris Hawn, Machinex Technologies’ CEO. “We recognize Lexington and our other customers rely on us to keep operating their essential service businesses, and our service and support teams have remained available to insure smooth operations during this worldwide crisis.”

The city announced the center would close Monday, April 13, for several weeks because of a broken shaft, the piece that moves recyclables for sorting.

“We will still have to close, but it may not take as long to get us up and operating as we originally thought. As soon as we have a new date we will make it public,” Albright said. “Citizens should be able to store recyclables at their homes until we’re ready to start picking them up again.”

Mayor Linda Gorton said her office received inaccurate information that Machinex was closed because of COVID-19. She said her administration is examining where the breakdown in information occurred.

Clean paper recycling is not affected. Residents can continue to take their clean paper … newspapers, office paper, paper mail, magazines and catalogs … to the yellow recycling bins located around town.