The Winchester Municipal Utilities Commission heard a presentation from a Bluegrass Regional Recycling Corporation representative Thursday who told them that community members need to be better educated on recycling before the Holiday Hills project is expanded to other areas.
WMU collects recyclables from a pilot curbside recycling program in the Holiday Hills neighborhood and from its drop off center on Maple Street. All collected recyclables are taken to the BRRC’s recycling facility in Lexington to be sorted. BRRC then pays the utility for recyclable goods turned in.
Mickey Mills, executive director of BRRC, presented commissioners with audits of the Holiday Hills project and the drop off center. The audits were made from random samples of 40-yard compactor boxes that WMU took to Lexington, said WMU general manager Mike Flynn. According to the audits, 11.33 percent of what was turned in from Holiday Hills was glass, and 19.17 percent was trash. From the drop off center, 35.22 percent was glass and 10.65 percent was trash. Through education, the commission and WMU should work to lower those numbers, Mills said.