First Curbside Recycling Collection Set for January 22, 2018

curbside recycling logoDate of release:  January 19, 2018

Engineering-Public Works (EPW) crews are ready for their first collection of recyclables for the City of Paducah’s voluntary, single-stream, curbside recycling program.  The program has been under development for the past few months with the first collection scheduled for Monday, January 22.  This collection will be for residents who have their garbage collected on either Thursday or Friday.  The next collection will be Monday, February 5 which will be for residents who have their garbage collected on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mayor Brandi Harless says, “I am thrilled for Paducah to see this program implemented.  Our city's hardworking staff have impressed me with their effort to launch this program so quickly. The Commission asked for this program last fall, and we are seeing the first collection only a few months later. The details of logistics and ensuring an outstanding citizen experience are crucial to the success of the program, and I am proud to say they have pulled it off.  I am proud to be on Team Paducah."

Recycling containers will be collected twice per month on Mondays.  To facilitate the collection, the city is divided in half based on the garbage collection routes.  If your normal garbage collection day is either Tuesday or Wednesday, recycling will be collected on the first and third Monday of the month.  If your normal garbage collection day is either Thursday or Friday, recycling will be collected on the second and fourth Monday of the month. 

City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy says, “After several years of consideration, the Engineering-Public Works Solid Waste Division is excited about being able to now offer single stream curbside pickup for Paducah’s citizens.  The complexity and time of putting together an effective, efficient, and affordable program for our customers while maintaining our existing solid waste service have been a challenge.  However, without the collaborative effort of the EPW Department staff led by Assistant Public Works Director Chris Yarber who had the responsibility of formulating all of the moving pieces associated with this effort, the program would not have been realized this soon.   I’m proud of my staff and their ability to deliver when given a challenge to meet an attainable goal.”    

City of Paducah residents can sign up for the voluntary, single-stream, curbside recycling at any time.  The fee is $3 per month for one 96-gallon blue rollout container.  If a resident needs additional recycling containers, each one will be an additional $3 per month charge.  The fee will appear on the property owner’s Paducah Water bill.

Murphy encourages citizens to sign up for the program. According to Murphy, “To date, we have just over 400 recycling customers with a lot of room to grow.”

To sign up for curbside recycling, use the form located online at or call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511.  The Paducah Water account number associated with the address is required in order to complete the registration process.  Furthermore, the person responsible for that account must be the one requesting the recycling service.

This is a single-stream program which means that all accepted recyclables can be placed in the recycling rollout together.  There is no need for residents to sort.  The recyclables will be taken to Freedom Waste Service in Paducah, a private company that has contracted with the City of Paducah for the transfer and proper disposal of solid waste and the transfer of recyclables to a processing facility.

Accepted items for recycling are as follows:  office paper, newspaper, junk mail, catalogs, shredded paper, steel cans, aluminum cans, pasteboard (cereal boxes, etc.), #1 and #2 plastics, and cardboard.  Residents are encouraged to rinse and crush containers.  Please place items loosely in the recycling rollout, and try not to use plastic bags since bags can get caught in the mechanical parts during the single-stream sorting process.

Items that should NOT be placed in the recycling rollout are electronics, batteries, household and medical hazardous waste, Styrofoam, waste oil, tires, and glass. 

The recycling drop point location at Freedom Waste Service located at 400 State Street will continue in addition to the new residential curbside recycling program.  The drop point location is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.  There is no charge for the general public to drop off recyclables. 

If you have a recycling question, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511.