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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Downtown Recycling Location to Close June 20

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The City of Canal Winchester announces that it will close its downtown community recycling site and remove all containers, effective June 20, 2018.  The site closure comes on the heels of recent recycling industry upheavals following China’s rejection of imported recyclable materials.  China, which has historically processed the bulk of the world’s recyclables, recently announced a comprehensive antipollution campaign.  The move has affected municipalities worldwide, with companies in the U.S. recycling industry experiencing large-scale processing delays, storage complications, and added costs.


A majority of costs associated with recycling can be attributed to the contamination of recyclable materials, or the presence of trash mixed in with recycling.  Such contamination has been a recurring problem in the city’s recycling center, with contamination estimated to comprise approximately 30% of each load of recycling picked up by the city’s service provider, Waste Management.  Contaminated loads, known as HOT Loads, will soon be assessed charges which could cost the city upwards of $22,000 weekly.  According to Mayor Mike Ebert, the service will be unsustainable for the city.  The mayor recently stated, “In spite of public interest in recycling, the service cannot be maintained due to the anticipated costs.  Beginning June 20th, the city will no longer be able to maintain the recycling center containers.”


The city’s downtown recycling containers are currently emptied eight times each week.  Unfortunately, contamination has been a continual problem at the site, with trash and unrecyclable materials commonly added to the bins or simply dropped nearby.  Following the June 20 closure, residents who wish to recycle items are encouraged to utilize Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s Drop-Off Recycling Program, with drop-off locations available throughout central Ohio.  Locations can be found on SWACO’s website, www.swaco.org.


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