Recycling Center Now Rejecting Contaminated Loads

April 4, 2019

SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Recycling Center is now rejecting loads of recyclables contaminated with trash.

On Monday, the center began turning away municipal recycling loads littered with non-recyclable materials. It’s turned three such loads away so far, recycling center manager Andy Wascura said Thursday.

The Lackawanna County Solid Waste Management Authority earlier this year authorized Lackawanna Recycling Center Inc., the private operator of the authority-owned facility, to alert municipalities it would begin rejecting contaminated loads April 1.

The operator bears the cost of hauling and disposing non-recyclables at Keystone Sanitary Landfill, and officials hope rejecting contaminated deliveries reduces that expense. Both the landfill and Lackawanna Recycling Center Inc. are owned by businessman Louis DeNaples.