The recycling masters: Coffey County’s recycling program is a model for other counties

As Allen County's recycling leaders look to rebuild a program here, they're seeking advice from Coffey County. That program offers a variety of services, including curbside pickup for cities.

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February 4, 2022 - 3:19 PM

Todd Bemis, left is the Coffey County Recycling coordinator, with Bill Reavis as the lead man for the recycling program. They are shown with the recycling trailer, which collects material through curbside pickups at each city in Coffey County. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

BURLINGTON — When Renee Lickteig moved from California to rural Waverly about five years ago, she was surprised and pleased to learn about the Coffey County Recycling program.

“It’s good for the county. It’s good for the country,” she said. “We’re keeping stuff out of the landfill and helping the environment.”

Because she lives in a rural area, she brings most of her recyclables to the facility just east of Burlington, near the landfill.

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