Republic Services, which handles waste removal in Harrodsburg, is temporarily suspending their recycling program, bulk collection and limiting residents to “cart contents only.” That means only residential solid waste should be placed on the curb on pick-up days. Any waste not in the cart, Republic is asking that it be properly bagged to minimize exposure for the collection crew.
Due to the pandemic, Republic is expecting an increase in residential volume as well as an increase in the risk of contamination of recyclables from residential customers working from home.
“While the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unclear, these changes in residential volume will necessitate possible adjustments to routes or schedules, and/or additional labor or equipment, which may require us to pass on additional costs and expense,” wrote Gregory Butler, manager of municipal services at Republic.
There have been no changes in the schedule for residential pick-ups at this time.
At Monday night’s city commission meeting, Mayor Art Freeman asked residents to place their recycling with their other garbage. The Mercer County Recycling Center on Moberly Road is closed.