Knox Pulls Recycling Drop-Off Bins

The recycling bins at the corner of Shield and Mound Streets in Knox were removed last week, according to Mayor Dennis Estok.

The City of Knox is no longer offering drop-off recycling. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last night the Starke County Environmental Council pulled the two bins located at the corner of Shield and Mound Streets at his request last Friday.

He says the city had planned to do away with them in August anyway but opted to remove them sooner due to excessive trash dumping. Quite a bit of trash was dropped off there late Thursday night/early Friday morning, and that’s when the decision was made to remove them permanently.

North Judson also removed their drop-off recycling bins last week for the same reason.

Knox has offered curbside recycling for residents who live within the town limits for several years. The North Judson Town Council last week signed a contract with Republic Services to provide curbside recycling service later this summer.

Meanwhile residents who don’t have access to curbside recycling are wondering what options they have. Estok serves on the Starke County Environmental Council. He says they will discuss options during a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday evening at the Starke County Annex building.

Possible solutions include putting bins at the county highway garage north of Knox which would only be accessible at certain days and times or perhaps offering county-wide curbside recycling pickup. Thursday’s meeting is open to the public.