Johnson County opened its second recycling site in Edinburgh with hopes to continue to improve recycling efforts and education across the county. The Edinburgh Recycling Depot officially opened May 26 after the original opening in March was postponed to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The depot, which was created by a partnership between Edinburgh and the Johnson County Recycling District, is staffed by workers who will help residents sort their recyclables. This is similar to the operations at the Johnson County Recycling Service Center in Franklin that opened in September last year.
This new recycling depot arrives more than a year after the county closed all of its unmanned recycling sites due to residents continuously dumping trash or materials that could not be recycled, leaving a mess. “The old sites were too contaminated,” said Jessie Biggerman, director of the Johnson County Recycling District.
To solve the contamination problem, centers are now staffed with one or two people to help residents with their recyclables. In Edinburgh, the town provides the staff at the site, and then the recycling district covers the cost of the fees for replacing bins when they fill up. That cost is expected to be less than $1,000 a month, Biggerman said.