New Starke County Environmental Recycling Location Draws Mixed Reviews

The new location of Starke County’s recycling facility finds mixed reviews among residents.

During the Starke County Council’s meeting earlier this month, Council President Dave Pearman commented that some are experiencing some inconvenience with the centralized consolidation of recycling services in the county. 

Bins placed in several locations in the county provided residents the opportunity to drop off their recyclable items at their leisure, but misuse and contamination caused officials to reconsider the placement of bins with the ability to monitor discarded items. 

The recycling market also remains volatile.

In fact, no bidders responded to a request for proposals when officials sought quotes for recycling services due to the recycling market. 

Operating hours produce complaints from the public as well, based on the conversation held by the council. 

Officials work to keep the option available for those who utilize the service. 

The Starke County Environmental Management District opened its new location at 3835 E. 250 N. in Knox on the grounds of the Starke County Highway Department.  The facility opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. 

Officials accept No. 1 and No. 2 plastics which include water bottles, milk jugs, shampoo and conditioner bottles.  Any boxes to be recycled must be flattened.

Recyclable items must be removed from a plastic bag before being discarded into a recycling bin.  The only thing that’s allowed to be bound by a plastic bag is shredded paper.