An uncertain future for the Powell Valley Recycling Center is leading to the temporary suspension of recycling in the Lovell community, longtime recycling advocate and National Park Service Chief Interpreter Christy Fleming announced Wednesday.
“The Powell Valley Recycling Center is restructuring,” Fleming said. “For the month of December they are only open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on Dec. 31 they will be closing the doors and taking the month of January to plan their next steps.
“Due to their shortened hours, they are not able to take the volume of recycling they have taken in the past and are not able to accept the Lovell recycling on a regular schedule. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, the Park Service regretfully has made the decision to pull the recycling trailers at the Red Apple Supermarket.”
There will be no recycling services in Lovell “until further notice,” Fleming said, adding that anyone leaving recycling at the Red Apple site will be subject to a fine.
The Park Service has been transitioning the recycling program to the Town of Lovell this summer and fall, but due to the uncertain future for the Powell Recycling Center the Lovell Town Council on Tuesday night tabled third reading of an ordinance enacting a fee to support recycling in Lovell. The ordinance can be revisited in January.