Lexington recycling program picks back up on Earth Day

Roanoke Valley News
Lynchburg and the surrounding area will be offering free recycling services for electronic and hazardous waste.

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — The recycling program in Lexington picks back up Thursday as the world celebrates Earth Day.

Starting on Thursday, April 22, residents can drop off recyclable materials at the Lexington Public Works Department collection site on Shop Road.  

The materials will reportedly be moved to a larger container inside the public works compound, which a contractor will collect and reimburse the city at market rate.

Officials say acceptable recycling materials include flattened OCC cardboard — or “old corrugated containers,” which has a multiple layer structure with a fluted or wavy middle layer between sheets of paper — and clean metals, like aluminum, brass, copper, steel, and tin or steel cans.

However, the following recycling materials are classified as unacceptable by the City of Lexington:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Cereal boxes
  • Clothing
  • Coated paper
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Food containers
  • Furniture
  • Grocery bags
  • Herbicides
  • Juice containers
  • Mailings
  • Milk containers
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Pesticides
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastics
  • Wax paper

In addition, while Lexington will not collect recyclables such as waste oil, antifreeze, and batteries, most Advanced Auto Parts stores and the Rockbridge Farmers’ Cooperative will accept those materials, according to city officials.

If you have any questions, call (540) 464-3601 or email sdameron@lexingtonva.gov.

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