Recycling Center Sees Possible Closure

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) The only major recycling center in southeast Kansas is facing a dire future if it doesn’t find a permanent funding source.

The Southeast Kansas Recycling Center in Pittsburg takes in recycling from several southeast Kansas towns and take trailers to collection points in Cherokee County.

But Jim Triplett, president of the center’s board, says the recycling center lost nearly $69,000 last year. He blames the loss on falling commodity prices, building loans and more competition for clothing which provides money for the center. He also says the center is the only recycling center in Kansas that isn’t financially supported by a city or county.

The Joplin Globe reports the Crawford County Commission recently gave the center a $10,000 temporary payment.