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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON — Businesses and nonprofit organizations now have a place to drop off recyclables in town, and plans call for the site to be open to residents within the next several weeks.

Andy Durbin will accept cardboard, newspapers, office paper and metal of any kind at 13 Mount Vernon Avenue. Shredded paper is also accepted. Businesses can pay a fee of $35 and receive a key for 24-hour access to the drop-off area. Within the next few weeks, Durbin plans to add Alleycats in the front of his business for residents. For more information call 740-507-5648 or email [email protected]

For commercial Styrofoam recycling, the drop-off location is Opportunity Knox, 17604 Coshocton Road. According to Jill Schlosser of Opportunity Knox, the compactor is having difficulty getting the Styrofoam logs compressed tight enough to withstand wrapping, stacking and transport. Schlosser is meeting next week with manufacturer representatives to solve the problem.

The Mount Vernon Lowe's store continues to recycle appliances, cardboard, Styrofoam and cans. Steve Clark of the local Lowe's is working on instituting a local program that he will ultimately take to the Columbus market.

Countywide, the Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow Solid Waste District has added two more recycling containers to the Monroe Township drop-off site. Pleasant Township received a new container near Twin Oak school with twice-a-week pick-ups. Gambier has three containers.

Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention now has a new logo. A Facebook page will up soon as part of efforts to re-market the program.

People are still dumping tires, carpet, furniture and other trash at the entrance to the compost facility on Thayer Road. Thanks to funding from the solid waste district, new signs will soon be erected denoting no dumping. DKMM and county officials are exploring the idea of providing a key, for a fee of $25, and allowing individuals access to the compost facility during off hours.

Randy Canterbury, county recycling and litter prevention coordinator, will soon announce plans for the annual spring cleanup of county roadways. Plans are also being formulated for Earth Day on April 22 at the Brown Family Environmental Center; activities will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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