Recycling center to be shut down Thursday, Friday

The city’s recycling center will be shut down Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, because of a mechanical problem with the machine that separates aluminum cans from other materials. The replacement part is expected to arrive Friday.

Waste Management drivers will collect recyclables during the shutdown. The materials collected will be diverted to the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station and sent to a landfill. The city works to avoid diverting recycled materials but is unable to store materials outside of the facility when the tipping floor is full. Residents wanting to have their recycle cart emptied on Thursday or Friday should place their carts out like normal.

The diversion does not impact the University of Kentucky or Central Kentucky residents served by Rumpke or Republic Services. The University of Kentucky and Rumpke are sending their material to Cincinnati for processing during the paper suspension. Republic Services will take their material to a recycling facility in Louisville during the diversion.

The recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday. Updates will be posted on as they are available.

Participants in the recycling program can help prevent future mechanical issues by recycling properly and keeping recyclable materials dry. Close lids on carts and dumpsters to prevent moisture from getting in. Do not set cardboard beside your cart for colleciton on rainy days. Unwanted and wet materials place additional stress on mechanical components and can place employees at risk.

Lexington’s recycle center accepts: dry cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars. Never bag recyclables. A downloadable flyer of acceptable materials is available in six languages at


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