Plano recycling collection to be trashed due to fire at recycling facility

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After two days of missed recycling collection due to a fire, the city of Plano announced recycling will be picked up for disposal as trash and taken to the landfill.

On Wednesday evening a fire broke out at Republic Services, located at 4200 14th St., Plano. This location served as a drop-off point for the city’s recyclable materials. The facility was a total loss, according to city officials.

Republic Services and the city searched for an alternate location, but none were available at this time, according to a news release from the city of Plano.

Republic Services officials said it will most likely be several weeks until a solution is in place. For now, the city will collect trash and recycling carts placed at collection points, and both will be disposed as trash until a solution is found.

The city of Plano recycles about 90 tons per day. Over the past two years, the city averaged 18,500 tons each year, city spokesman Steve Stoler said.

Recycling collection routes missed Thursday and Friday will be collected as trash on Jan. 7, according to the release.

If residents wish to recycle cardboard, Texas Pure Products, located at 9901 Custer Road, Plano, will accept clean cardboard free of plastic, packing materials and styrofoam.

 

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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