Recycling center to remain closed for now

The city’s Recycle Center will continue to divert material to a landfill until further notice. The replacement part that was ordered to solve a mechanical problem with the machine that separates aluminum cans from other recyclables was installed Monday morning, but the machine is not operating properly. Recycle Center staff is working with the manufacturer to conduct additional diagnostics. 

The city works to avoid diverting recycled materials but is unable to store materials outside of the facility when the tipping floor is full.

Waste Management drivers will continue to collect blue carts that are placed out. Residents may opt to hold their carts if they want to be certain the center is processing material. The Recycle Center’s shutdown will not impact the University of Kentucky or Central Kentucky residents served by Rumpke or Republic Services as they will be sending their material to other recycling facilities.

Updates will be posted on as they are available.

Lexington’s recycle center accepts: dry cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs with a screwtop neck, glass bottles and jars. A downloadable flyer of acceptable materials is available at


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