The Owen County Recycling Center will shut down on April 1 because the county says it’s too expensive to operate. County officials say they’ve lost too much money from processing trash to be sustainable.
Recycling Center Supervisor Bob Terrell says, without the center, he fears more trash will litter Owen County’s roads and highways.
“I hate to see them close it, because this will probably be the trashiest county in the state,” Terrell says. “I don’t know what to say or do.”
The recycling center has built a small community around itself. Workers save egg cartons for a resident who raises chickens and thick plastic bags for the gardening club.
Owen County resident Lester Hendricks says he values the convenience.
“We generally come in here once a week, sometimes twice, and we hate to see it closed up,” Hendricks says.
The county considered doubling the price for each bag of trash dropped off to help offset its losses. But, that proposal didn’t pan out.