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7/8/2014 11:59:00 AM
Princeton: It's a recycling center, not a dump

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Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Eight televisions, five computer monitors, six tires, three bags of clothes, a coffeemaker, a lawn fertilizer spreader and a garden hose are just some of the things that were found in the recycling center in Princeton recently.

And that is just not acceptable, the mayor and the city commissioners said of what seems to be an ongoing battle with people dumping their trash and junk in the recycling center.

To combat the issue, the council decided to replace the existing signage with new signs that clearly state what can and cannot be recycled as well as improved video surveillance cameras to catch the license plate of anyone not following the rules.

“The technology is out there with the new cameras that’d give us the ability to zoom in on license plates and whatever is necessary to seek out those individuals that aren’t following the rules,” said city manager Jeff Clawson. “New signage would be a good step in the right direction and maybe staff the facility for a month or two so you could bring your recycling and someone would say what could be recycled.”

In the past, an unnamed individual had recycled a TV at Princeton’s recycling center, only because they had witnessed others doing the same thing and didn’t see a sign that stated otherwise.

“The next step would be closing the recyling center from 10 p.m.-6 a.m.,” Commissioner Ray Mabry said.

Hopefully it doesn’t have to come to that, and the new signs will work, both Mabry and Clawson concluded. But in the meantime they are looking into further educating the public on what can be recycled and what cannot.

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