Tucson, Arizona (KOLD News 13) – The city of Tucson’s recycling center closed on the 22nd and Alvernon closed at the end of October.
The city originally started with 13 recycling centers. But when people started facing the problem of overfilling bins and throwing out things they couldn’t recycle, they reduced it to 7. The problem didn’t go away and now he only has 4 None left.
People living in recently closed areas were upset to see recycling centers closed.
“I’m one of those people who broke the box and put all the right things in. So it’s very frustrating and inconvenient for someone like me,” said Alex Herrera. . He has been using the recycling center since it opened.
Mark Beach has been recycling his own trash at the center for at least five years.
“This is a shame. We need to be able to recycle it so landfills aren’t filled with stuff like this.”
Residents and others who came to bring items in for recycling were shocked to find the recycling bins at the 22nd and Alvernon locations gone. Along with a notice from the city of Tucson.
“I’m going to have to go home tonight and find another place to recycle,” Beach said.
The City of Tucson has decided to close the center after years of illegal dumping and several other issues.
“Unfortunately, people left things on the ground, and there were actually a few people who were injured when they piled up cardboard and slipped….I actually set those bottles on fire.” spokesperson said. Municipal Environmental Services Christina Polsgrove.
Polsgrove said that despite the city adding bins, collecting recycle six days a week, and sending out cleaners five days a week, the bins were always overflowing. The closure of yet another recycling center will not affect recycling numbers, she said.
“Most of our residents have one at home, and if you recycle a lot, you can actually get a second recycling container at no extra charge,” she explained.
There are no current plans to close the remaining recycling centers, but the city will evaluate over time, especially if illegal dumping becomes an issue.
A list of the remaining recycling centers can be found here.
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