Elk County recycling and solid waste coordinator Bekki Titchner reported to Solid Waste Authority members on Tuesday afternoon that so far there have been no instances of illegal dumping in St. Marys related to the removal of the city's drop-off recycling containers.
The containers, which were previously located on South Michael Street and Depot Street, were removed on Monday, Oct. 18 in conjunction with the start of the county's new recycling contract.
Even though no illegal dumping has been reported, Titchner remarked that many residents are still unaware that the containers are no longer in place.
"We're still getting calls from people who [attempt to dispose of recyclables for] the first time since we changed the containers out. They're going, 'What happened to the containers in St. Marys?' The other day someone called because they don't use them all the time and they didn't realize they were gone," Titchner said.
While there have been no issues in St. Marys over the past week, Titchner noted that there have been issues in other communities, particularly regarding people placing plastic bottles in drop-off containers even though plastic is no longer being accepted at those locations.
For more on this story, see the Oct. 27 edition of The Daily Press.