The City of Paducah offers voluntary, single-stream, curbside recycling for its residential customers. The program has been under development for the past few months with the first collection scheduled to begin January 22, 2018. Recycling rollout containers will be delivered to participating addresses over the next few weeks.
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, click the Recycling logo 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. The person responsible for that account must be the one who requests 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 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 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.
The keys to the program’s success are public participation and the efficiencies gained in the Engineering-Public Works Department through a restructuring of the brush and yard waste collection program. The City is proposing a call-in request system with brush collection based upon a minimum volume of material to be collected. Also, residents may be required to manage some of their yard waste/grass clipping at the household level. Note: The specific changes to the brush and yard waste programs have not been determined yet.
Why recycle? At the September 12, 2017, meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners, City Manager Jeff Pederson said, “It’s accurate to say the interest in doing this is for environmental reasons. We are not under any State mandates, that I’m aware of, to do source reduction. We do not have a landfill that we are wanting to preserve space in. So we are doing it for reasons other than regulatory.”
If you have a question about recycling, contact the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511. The City of Paducah encourages citizens to be engaged throughout this process. Please direct comments and suggestions to Public Information Officer Pam Spencer or 270-444-8669.