To The Herald-Whig:
Local government officials recently approved a plan for an opt-in, citywide recycling program. The program's anticipated participation levels will have various effects on Quincy Recycle Paper (QRP). It is widely expected that participation in the city program will decrease, and many citizens who want to recycle but do not want to participate in the opt-in program will increase foot traffic at our plant at Sixth and State
Due to the amount of commercial traffic that flows through the property, the increase in foot traffic will not make for a safe operating environment. Further, the post-industrial nature of our business model does not coincide with residential drop-off. The safety of our employees, vendors and visitors to our property is a top priority. Therefore, QRP will close to the public in an effort to keep residents safe. The city of Quincy opt-in program will start May 1. We will close to the public on May 6.
Regardless of how material is collected, QRP would like to be part of the solution for recyclable materials generated in Quincy. It is vital, though, that we are able to collect safely.
In the past 18 months, QRP has been in contact with various nonprofits and the city of Quincy about taking over our residential drop-off program. QRP has offered to provide instructions on what materials to collect, how to collect them, and basic equipment needs and to buy the materials at appropriate market price from the entity. To date, we have had no success in finding interest in providing the service.
In addition to the help previously noted, QRP will offer a $100,000 grant over five years to help an appropriate entity collect these materials in a safe, controlled and industry-accepted manner.