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Kentucky city temporarily stops recycling paper

May 15, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The city of Lexington, Kentucky, is suspending paper recycling due to “changes in the global marketplace” for recycled materials.

City officials say there is an overabundance of material in domestic markets and Lexington’s recycling center cannot store the paper long term.

Residents are being told to put office paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls and similar products in the trash. Residents can continue to recycle corrugated cardboard, like moving and shipping boxes.

Nancy Albright, Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works, says the city is seeking new recycling outlets for paper. She says at least three new nearby mills are expected to begin receiving materials by late fall.

A city news release says recycling markets across the country are under strain due to increased standards in China.