Why is the recycling center so messy?
You probably noticed this problem over the holiday weekend. It's not uncommon for the bins (off of First Street near Cedar Point Drive) to be overloaded with recycled material over weekends and holidays, when there is a gap in regular pick-ups by Sandusky Steel, the company that removes the waste. When contacted about the problem, Sandusky Steel manager Steve Lichtcsien said he was disappointed people using the bins decided to throw cardboard boxes and paper products on the ground near the bins instead of putting them into the receptacles. "Our driver reported that the container was not completely full and most boxes were not flattened," he said. "As soon as some one throws a box on the ground people seem to follow the lead and not check the container for space." Lichtcsien suggested perhaps locking the recycling center over holiday weekends — when the problem seems to be at its worst — or having citizen volunteers drop by a few times over the long weekend to flatten boxes and properly load containers. And, obviously, everyone who uses the bins can help by flattening boxes and checking the bins for space before resorting to dumping anything on the ground.