Pictured are soiled mattresses and other garbage left outside the recycling drop in North Webster. Photo provided.
Pictured are soiled mattresses and other garbage left outside the recycling drop in North Webster. Photo provided.
The KC Recycling Depot is reminding residents to refrain from illegal dumping at county recycling stations this summer.
According to a press release, the depot has nine consumer sort recycling stations placed around Kosciusko County. While most residents do “recycle right” by putting materials into the proper container, the release stated some recycling stations have been used as dump sites for materials that are difficult to dispose of.
Recently, recycling stations have been dumped with mattresses, tires and general trash bags. Cleaning up these materials takes money and manpower and, says the depot, dumping should not be considered a “free” alternative.
Each KC Recycling Depot station is available to collect corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, steel cans, aluminum cans and numbers one and two plastic bottles. There are no available bins for other recyclable materials, though each station is equipped with green and white Usagain bins to collect clothing and shoes for reuse and recycling.  According to the release, these bins often have large bags of household items that should be taken elsewhere, like the Goodwill organization.
Anything left outside the bins will get wet and ruined and will be discarded.
 The release states it is not advised to confront an individual who is illegally dumping. Instead, residents who witness illegal dumping should get the license plate number and report the activity to  authorities.
Shelly Heckert, director of the KC Recycling Depot, stated in the release that Depot staff is available for questions on proper recycling and waste disposal. Call them at 574-372-3087 with questions.