• 55°

Recycling trailers arrive in county beginning today

Lawrence Countians will have an easier time recycling their newspapers,

aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, starting today.

This is when the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District begins operating recycling drop-off sites. The recycling trailers will rotate throughout the county on a weekly basis.

This week, the trailers will be at the Foodfair in Proctorville.

Doug Cade, district director, said the trailers will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

&uot;A lot of people want to do the right thing -- they want to recycle -- but they want someplace that’s convenient to take it to,&uot; Cade said.

The trailers will save people a trip to recycling businesses in Ashland, Ky. and Huntington, W.Va., Cade said.

Cade said he did not have any estimates the amount of recyclable goods the

district will collect.

But, he said the county already has a very high percentage rate of businesses and residences that do recycle.

A recent Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report shows the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District leads the state in recycling and waste reduction.

According to 1999 statistics, the district’s recycling rate was 46 percent --higher than the rate for many of the state’s larger, wealthier counties, and significantly higher than the state mandate of 25 percent.

Next week, the recycling trailers will move to Lowe’s in Burlington.

The third week of each month, the trailers will be at the Coal Grove Village Hall.

The fourth week of every month, the recycling trailers will be at Tipton’s Grocery in Ironton.

The sites will be closely monitored to avoid abuse of illegal dumping around the trailers, Cade said. Teresa Moore/The Ironton Tribune