Your Village: Will the fire at the former City Carton warehouse affect recycling in Iowa City?

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Republic Services/City Carton warehouse, Feb. 19, 2018. — photo by Paul Brennan

Will the fire at City Carton affect recycling services in IC? — Max, Iowa City, via Facebook

The fire on Friday which destroyed the former City Carton warehouse — City Carton was purchased by Republic Services in 2015 — won’t have much effect on how Iowa Citians recycle, according to Jane Wilch, the city’s recycling coordinator.

“In terms of curbside recycling, there won’t be any change,” Wilch told Little Village. “There will only be a temporary change in drop-off locations. Until Republic Services gets everything sorted out following the fire, the Benton Street location will be unavailable.”

There are four other drop-off locations available: East Side Recycling Center, Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, the former Hy-Vee on North Dodge St. and the Coralville Recycling Center.

“We’re anticipating some increase in business at those other four locations,” Wilch said. “We plan to check them more frequently to accommodate that extra business.”

The warehouse that burned down did play an important part in the city’s recycling program.

“We had been dropping off quite a bit of recycling at the building that caught fire,” Wilch said.

Recycling collected curbside and at the city’s drop-off locations passes through Republic Service’s Benton Street location before it is shipped off to Cedar Rapids.

“But it’s a big property and Republic Services has set up another drop site on the location,” Wilch said. “So, we’re just dropping the recycling at a different building at the Benton Street property.”

Only one building was damaged in Friday’s fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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