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Recycling woes continue for Princeton

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:22 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Donna Barker)
Old televisions, computer monitors and more clutter the Princeton Recycling Center on North Euclid Avenue. On Monday evening, the Princeton City Council discussed the ongoing illegal dumping at the facility and are attempting to curb the problem. Some of those solutions would be to not maintain the 24/7 schedule of the facility, as well as posting signs that said violators of the rules would be subject to a $750 fine.

PRINCETON — Ten regulation signs at the Princeton Recycling Center don’t appear to be doing the trick when it comes to stopping the illegal dumping of items at the recycling center.

At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council, Commissioner Ray Mabry said things aren’t getting any better at the recycling center; illegal dumping of items which are not recyclable are still being dumped at the site. Ninety-five percent of the people using the recycling center are following the guidelines, but it is the remaining 5 percent who are not, thus causing the problem, he said.

When he went out to the recycling center earlier on Monday, Mabry said he saw a bunch of illegally dumped items, including a child’s crib, a queen size mattress and box springs, two old tires, 34 televisions, 12 computer monitors, a crate of shoes, a bathroom sink, three five-gallon pails of paint, one sump pump, four copy machines, a rug, two bags of clothes, a pail of batteries and a vacuum cleaner. On top of that, someone had dumped a flat screen television in the yard waste pile, Mabry said.

“It’s just got out of hand. It’s crazy the things that are dumped there,” Mabry said.

In his opinion, the city council needs to look at an alternative to having the recycling center open 24/7. One suggestion would be to close the North Church Street entrance and exit because people are coming in the back way and dropping things at the back door. He would like to see one main entrance, from Euclid Avenue, and have a gate at that entrance, which would be locked overnight.

Mabry also suggested the city clean up the signage at the recycling center by replacing the current 10 signs with fewer signs, including one which would state the $750 fine which would be enforced for violators.

Mayor Keith Cain said he did receive a report that morning about a silver van that had dropped off the mattress at the recycling center. Cain said he contacted the police department right away to check out a given license number, but the license number was not correct.

Mabry asked the council to review the materials and suggestions he presented that night for further discussion at the next council meeting.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said about 150 people attended the June 7 open house and guided tour at the new water treatment plant. Another tour of the plant could be offered sometime in the future.

Also concerning the new water treatment plant, Clawson said final terms have been reached with Vissering Construction on the company’s contract with the city for the water treatment plant project. Definitive numbers will be presented to the council at next month’s council meeting, he said.

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