City moves one step closer to paper recycling

The City took another step toward reestablishing paper recycling this morning, as it posted a request for proposals to businesses that may want to provide the service.

“We’ve done our homework and put together a request for proposals (RFP) that will provide Lexington with a sound paper recycling operation,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “We’ve found that traditional options are no longer available. It has taken time, but I think we now have a clear picture of what is needed.”

Resource Recycling Systems, consultants who have been working with the City since June, put the RFP together, ensuring it would work with other types of recycling, now and in the future. Gorton said the City hopes to have recycling back on line in late fall.

Gorton suspended paper recycling in May because there was no market for recycled paper … in fact, the city could not give it away, and had no room to store it.

“People ask me about it all the time,” Gorton said. “They say they’re not comfortable putting paper in the trash, and neither am I. We’re all anxious to get back to recycling.”

The City has already invested in equipment to improve its aluminum sorting machine and is considering buying equipment to improve glass recycling.

“We’re looking at all the angles,” Gorton said. “Lexington’s recycling program has needed an overhaul for several years. Our facility is inadequate, our equipment is outdated and markets for recyclables have changed. We’re putting together a good plan to move forward. Our overhaul needs to be comprehensive and sustainable.”

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Employees working on the line at the recycling center.