Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 17, 2012

Drop spot moved for recycling

ASHLAND — Recycling bins formerly on the Walmart parking lot on Riverhill Drive have been moved to a paved lot under the Simeon Willis Bridge.

Walmart asked the city to remove the bins, said Marion Russell, public works director.

Of the nine bins formerly at Walmart, two were moved to the Oliverio Park lot at 39th Street and seven to the lot under the bridge.

The bins are on the river side of the floodwall and accessible from the transportation center or from Greenup Avenue at the 13th Street floodgate.

Recyclers will find the new location rivals the Walmart placement for convenience, according to Russell.

The bins are on level ground with easy access and plenty of vehicle space, he said.

Russell said Walmart is removing recycling bins from all its stores.

Walmart wanted the bins removed because too many nonrecyclable items were being left there, including hazardous materials, said spokeswoman Ashley Hardy.

The city has bins in two other locations, Ashland Community and Technical College’s parking lot on Oakview road and at King’s Daughters Medical Center’s Medical Equipment Store on Winchester Avenue.

Ashland doesn’t make money from recyclables. Rather, the city pays Rumpke Recycling to empty the bins.

However, the fee for removing recyclables costs the city less than sending the waste to a dump, Russell said. The volume of recyclables would have to be much higher for the city to be in a position to sell it.

Citywide, Rumpke takes away about 40 tons per month from the bins. The Walmart and Oakview bins typically accumulate the highest volume.

The bins have been in place since 2007. In 2010 Ashland tried to start a curbside recycling program but couldn’t get enough households to sign up. It would have taken 1,000 households for the city to buy recycling containers and launch the service.

Another chance is likely to come, Russell said. “It will come eventually. People are getting the mindset to recycle,” he said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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