Whitesburg KY

Judge says he’s not giving up on recycling

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said Tuesday that he hasn’t given up on recycling.

“Step back and punt to see how we can make it happen,” Ward said one week after the fiscal court voted to shut down the county recycling center and laid off three employees.

Ward said he is talking with a company that has a large piece of equipment that separates recyclables from trash. If recyclable items are removed from all garbage bags, Ward said a larger amount of recycling could be collected.

“How much (recycling) is going to the trash anyway?” Ward asked. “How many people don’t recycle? A lot.”

Ward also said he has had a couple of inquiries of individuals wanting to collect recyclable materials.

Ward said he has recycled for years and doesn’t want to stop.

“We can’t take a $200,000 loss every year either,” said Ward. “We just don’t have the money to do that.”

Ward said he will keep magistrates well informed of possible recycling options during court meetings.

In the meantime, Randall Baker, owner of Baker Metal Company of Thornton, said he buys aluminum cans for 35 cents a pound. His company takes most appliances, except microwaves.

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