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Recycling sites disappearing in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) – Going green is becoming a little more difficult in Waterloo. Recycling drop-off sites are disappearing around the city giving people fewer places to take their reusable materials. Over the past several months the city has gone from 12 locations to now just six.

Mary Ann Steenhardt drives from Waverly to Waterloo once a week to go out to eat. During her trip she likes to drop off here recyclables, but those sites are getting harder to find.

"The one on Kimball Avenue was the one I always stopped at," said Steenhardt.

A number of businesses that once welcomed the sites are now having them removed.

"The reason I think is a lot of it is messy, like today with the wind. Stuff will be blowing all over and it gets to be a nuisance," said Waterloo Waste Management Assistant Superintendent, Keith Kearns.

Steenhardt say she understands why some businesses no longer want them.

"I've seen springs, mattresses, stuff they just stack them along the bin which isn't very nice," said Steenhardt.

The City Waterloo continues to look to businesses for help. While these sites can be nuisance at times city officials also can benefit the business by attracting new customers who like to recycle.

"The green scene is a good thing to do. It saves our environment. I just hope businesses out there will call us and let us use some of their parking spots," said Kearns.

The City of Waterloo also has a curb-side recycling program. Recyclables are picked up once a month and can be placed in the blue yard waste container.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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