Paducah’s newest recycling option

The City of Paducah is expected to have large recycling bins in place starting Wednesday at the same place your trash goes. Paducah’s City Manager signed a contract between the City and Republic Services at Tuesday’s commission meeting to allow a drop-off recycling site.

It’s a way to offer drop-off recycling after Paducah’s only non-profit recycling drop off site – GPSP Recycle Now  had to close last week.

It’s located at 829 Burnett Street in Paducah. Republic will accept recyclables during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.

The bins will accept plastic, paper, pasteboard, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books, hardback and paperback books, office paper, tin, and steel. You will not need to sort it.

There will be a separate bin for bigger cardboard. Republic will not accept electronics or batteries, household hazardous waste, food waste, Styrofoam, or glass.

Recycle Now is trying to set up an electronics recycling day in the future to help with that.

The drop-off site is free to the public, but Republic Services is charging the city a price per ton to transport the recyclables to its processing station. This is a temporary solution while the city continues researching curbside recycling.

Students in the Recycling Club at Paducah Tilghman High School hope something can be worked out to get school’s recyclables to this new site.

They had to stop their recycling program when, Recycle Now had to close last week. Recycle Now used to pick up the school’s recycling for free.

Student Areanna Orr said until her friends find a solution, they’ll try to take what recyclables they can on their own.

“Me and my friends have been talking about going to the drop off just to show our support and how we really want to help the environment and continue on this program,” Orr said.

 However, junior Parker Belt said it’s a lot to ask students to take on bringing loads of recycling to a drop-off site every week. He hopes they can figure out a way to get the recyclables picked up.

“Then we just worry about getting it all sorted out from every classroom and bring it outside. Then they’d come get it and take it to a processing plant. We’re not the biggest school here and we produce a ton of waste,” Belt said.

Belt said recycling is a no brainer, and wants to find a solution.

“We’ve done so much to harm the environment by dumping pollution and all that now we are trying to compensate for it,” Belt said.

He said its stranger to him not to have a recycling option.

“It’s definitely going to take some getting used to,” Belt said.

Dream Green a paid curbside recycling service is still offering their services and working with the city to bring recyclables to the new drop-off site. They will need cardboard to be separated and broken down from the rest of the recyclables from now on. 

Dream Green is working with Clark Elementary to continue their recycling program with a minimum fee. Casi McClure with Dream Green said they’re open to working with other schools to try and keep recycling an option. For more information visit their website:

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