DUNLAP — Recycling containers that were removed from the parking lot of the Elkhart County Public Services Building off of Elkhart Road in April have a new, permanent home.
The county’s solid waste district has placed the containers less than a half mile away, near the entrance to Ox Bow County Park on C.R. 45.
The containers had been temporarily relocated this past spring to the former American Countryside Farmers Market on C.R. 26 while the public services building’s parking lot was repaved and restriped. Complaints about needing additional parking spaces in the lot prompted the solid waste district to begin looking for a different location for the containers, according to district director Tim Neese. The new recycling site was strategically placed between Elkhart and Goshen, he explained.
Elkhart County has 16 recycling sites, the most in any solid waste district in the state.
“The location near Ox Bow will likely be among the most highly used recycling locations,” Neese said. “I think the volume there will be fairly large.”
Jon Weaver, who lives in the Dunlap area, said he used to drop off newspapers, cardboard and plastic at the recycling site near the public services building about once every two weeks. He said the new location is a little less convenient because of the nearby train tracks, but he is glad the recycling site is back in the Dunlap area.
“The old farmer’s market was too far,” Weaver said. “I’m sure it will be widely used once everybody knows it’s there.”
The solid waste district contracts with Recycling Works Waste Collection to empty the containers and process the materials at another site, Neese said. While some recycling locations are serviced once or twice a week, the containers near Ox Bow will be emptied daily, he added.
All recycling locations in Elkhart County have containers that accept newspapers, office paper, junk mail, cereal and other soft boxes, phone books, magazines, aluminum and bi-metal cans, clear and colored glass, plastic containers numbers one through seven and corrugated cardboard.