Lexington putting out bins around the metro area to accept newsprint, other paper products


Yellow bins, such as this one in the parking lot behind the Lexington Herald-Leader, are to be used for recycling newsprint and other paper.

Downtown residents looking for a nearby location for Lexington’s new paper recycling program can now bring newspapers, paper, mail and catalogs to a yellow bin in the back lot of the Lexington Herald-Leader building at 100 Midland Avenue.

The city installed the yellow paper recycling bin in the Herald-Leader’s back parking lot, off Midland Avenue, this week. That brings the number of recycling drop-off locations to seven.

Only paper products can be dropped off at the yellow bins, which will be emptied by city officials when the containers are full. No cardboard that has a coating —such as most food boxes — are accepted.

Do not put paper in plastic bags or containers, city officials have said.

Plastics with screw top lids, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans and dry, unprocessed cardboard can still go into the curbside recycling containers, city officials said.

The city launched the drop off paper recycling last week after it had to halt paper recycling in May. The drop-off locations allow for cleaner recycled paper, which there is still a market or buyers for, city officials have said. (For background on the Lexington paper recycling issue, click here.)

The other drop off locations include:

  • Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road
  • Constitution Park, 1670 Old Paris Road
  • Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr.
  • Good Foods Coop, 455 Southland Dr.
  • Lexington Recycle Center, 360 Thompson Road
  • Pleasant Ridge Park, 1350 Pleasant Ridge Dr.

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