City of Frankfort seeking solutions after recycling center fire

The Werner and Son Recycling center has served thousands across Frankfort for the past 40 years. Now Frankfort officials are forced to come up with new recycling options.

Posted: Jul 29, 2019 6:59 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Frankfort city officials are now working on a solution for community recycling.

The Werner and Son Recycling center has served thousands across Frankfort for the past 40 years. Now Frankfort officials are forced to come up with new recycling options.

“Next week is still in limbo on what we do on our curbside,” said Frankfort Street Department Superintendent Jason Forsythe. “They take what we have here as well.”

Werner and Son is the city's main source for curbside pick up. It also handled the recycled materials at the city's drop-off center. The company is now rubble and brick after a fire blazed through the facility. The business has been in partnership with the city for years.

Frankfort Street Department Superintendent Jason Forsythe said Werner’s has been a necessity for the city.

“There's just no possibility of us being able to sort that amount of recycling out here,” said Forsythe.

The city has its own recycling center but as the city has grown so has the need for other recycling resources.

“We do well over a million pounds of recycling a year so kind of a bad situation to run into,” said Forsythe.

Forsythe said the city is working on a temporary solution. But for now, Frankfort residents are encouraged to drop off their recycling at the city's recycling center.

Forsythe said whatever the city comes up with they plan to keep Werner and Son in mind.

“We want to stick with Werner's, we've been working with Werner's for a long time. We want to stick with them and support them as much as we can,” said Forsythe.

The city has canceled its curbside pick up this Wednesday, Jul.31. City leaders will meet Wednesday morning to figure out their temporary recycling plan.

The Frankfort recycling center is located at 905 Burlington Avenue near the TPA park.

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