Date of release: November 30, 2017
Photo: City of Paducah Recycling Rollouts stacked on their sides and ready for delivery located at the Public Works Facility.
PADUCAH, KY— City of Paducah residents can begin signing up for voluntary, single-stream, curbside recycling. The program has been under development for the past few months with the first collection scheduled to begin January 22, 2018.
This is a voluntary program in which residents can sign up at any time. The fee is $3 per month for one 96-gallon blue rollout container that will be collected twice per month. 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.
To sign up for curbside recycling, use the Online Form 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 who is responsible for that account must be the one who requests the recycling service.
Recycling containers will be collected twice per month on Mondays. To facilitate the collection, the city is being divided in half based on the trash collection routes. If your normal trash collection day is either Tuesday or Wednesday, recycling will be collected on the first and third Monday of the month. If your normal trash collection day is either Thursday or Friday, recycling will be collected on the second and fourth Monday of the month. (Please be aware that 3000 addresses, about 1/3 of the City’s residential solid waste customers, will be seeing a shift in their solid waste collection day beginning the week of December 11. Additional details on that change will be coming out soon.)
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 as follows: electronics, batteries, household and medical hazardous waste, Styrofoam, waste oil, tires, and glass.
Recycling rollout containers will be delivered to participating addresses over the next few weeks.
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 question about recycling, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511.