Paducah recycling drop-off opens April 1

 The city of Paducah is finalizing terms of an agreement with Republic Services to provide a recycling drop off facility at Republic’s transfer station at 829 Burnett St. in Paducah.

Earlier this month, the Greater Paducah Sustainability Project – Recycle Now, the city’s only non-profit drop off center, closed due to low donations. To continue offering recycling services, the city has partnered with Republic Services. The city is still looking into offering curbside recycling in the future.

City Spokesperson Pam Spencer says Republic will begin accepting recyclables there on April 1. The facility will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. 

To recycle at the new drop off location, folks will enter the gates of the transfer station and make a sharp right turn to a gravel area where there will be large recycling bins. Recycling customers will exit through a gate that’ll take them onto North 8th Street. 

Customers will unload their recyclables into containers. There’s a separate container for corrugated cardboard, and all other accepted recyclables can be placed together in single stream bins without sorting. 

Items accepted in the single stream bins are: pasteboard (such as cereal boxes or similar), newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books, hardback and paperback books, office paper, tin, steel, aluminum cans, and plastic containers. The city asks folks to rinse out containers before dropping them off. 

Republic won’t accept electronics, batteries, household hazardous waste, food waste, Styrofoam or glass.The company recommends recycling plastic bags at the stores they came from. 

Paducah has contracting with Republic for the past two decades for trash pickup. The current contract expires June 30. 

Dream Green, a separate local recycling company, is offering curbside recycling pickup. If you’re interested, call 270-442-2088 or click here for information about rates and items collected. 

For more information about the city’s recycling program, contact the city’s Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8667 or the Republic Services Transfer Station at 270-575-3805. 

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