Curbside recycling coming to an end in Warren County next March

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-Reduce, reuse, recycle. Three things that are going to get much more difficult for residents throughout Warren County.

At Friday’s Warren County Fiscal Court meeting, it was confirmed that Southern Recycling will be ending its curbside recycling pickup program at the end of March.

“We’ve had a really good recycling program. It’s been around for 25 years. It’s one of those situations where the market conditions worldwide have finally tricked down to Warren County,” said Warren County Environmental and Assistance Coordinator Stan Reagan.

It’s issue that began when China stopped purchasing American recyclables last year, causing Southern Recycling to lose roughly $30,000 a month.

In Warren County, 35% of households recycle, and residents who do put their bins out in front of their homes once a week, are hoping for a quick solution.

“We’re just going to have to be more responsible and maybe start composting. I just hope something else can come out of that, something good,” said recycler, Dan Basta.

Those who have been using Southern Recycling say the experience has been good, and they hate to see them part with the county.

“Just from the curbside that we’ve done, it’s great that we don’t have to throw everything out, so it can be recycled, and we don’t have to worry about waste. It’s been all positive,” Basta said.

The county is currently trying to find a solution as fast as possible.

“Time changes a lot of things. We’ll see what happens,” Reagan said

Warren County intends to issue new requests for proposals for new recycling services in the coming months. Residents will be allowed to keep their recycling bins for personal use.