Recycling centers look towards a return to normal

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Many local recycling center operations had to stop last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some are now trying to return to normal.

The Indiana State Recycling Center spent over a year closed, but recently reopened on June 7.

“It was very empty and different for us because we had actually been open for about 25 years,” ISU Recycling Center Manager Paul Reed said.

The center is currently unable to take plastic or glass, and the student population is away for the summer. Reed said both are reasons for the current dip in recyclers.

“I anticipated a rather large influx and that actually did not happen,” Reed said. “We’ve kind of kept track of the amount of cars that come through on the days that we’re open and it averages somewhere between 40 and 45 cars a day.”

Karrum Nasser, Executive Director of Vigo County Solid Waste Management, said he had to get creative in order to keep people coming through.

“We’re in the process of doing an app and we also do paper shredding weekly,” Nasser said. “We also do our electronics recycling weekly, so I think people are getting to know what solid waste district does.”

Reed said he is hopeful that the future will bring more people back to recycling.

“We appreciate the involvement of the community and we’re excited that we’re able to provide this service,” Reed said.

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