Recycling drop-off site moved, parking expanded

The city’s primary recycling area has been relocated.

It’s remains on West Third Street, but is closer to Lycoming Creek and has additions that come with a few surprises, such as surveillance cameras and a larger parking area.

“It’s a site meant to provide much better efficiency and is a larger area that we hope is more appealing to the general public,” said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. “We’ve added better lighting and security cameras to watch to make sure if anyone dumps illegally and does anything not proper it’s recorded on surveillance,” he said.

City Streets and Parks Department personnel spent Wednesday moving the collection bins to the new site just west of Lycoming Creek and east of the Route 15 overpass.

The recycling drop-off area along Railway Street in the city’s East End remains open, giving city residents two places in which to drop off recyclables, according to William C. Wright, general manager of the Streets and Parks Department.

Cardboard, green, brown and clear glass; aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines are what’s taken at both locations, Wright said.

The relocation was done to make room for the compressed natural gas fueling island for the general public at River Valley Transit headquarters, 1500 W. Third St. It also provides an enlarged space for the city’s mulch pile and an impoundment area for cars police keep, Nichols said.

The existing mulch pile remains available for the city residents’ use only, Wright said.

“We have people from everywhere dropping off brush,” he said. “It’s for city resident use.”

The brush dropped off must be ground and the costs to do that have tripled over the past five years, Wright said.

The city also plans to add cameras to monitor the mulch pile in coming weeks.

“We want to discourage illegal dumping,” Nichols said. “It’s a constant problem for the city, finding stuff in the recycling mulch pile that are not appropriate and it costs the city money. We want to make sure the area is used as designated by the recycling laws.”