Plano residents can return to separating their plastic, glass and other recyclable materials from their trash after a fire suspended recycling services for nearly two weeks. Richardson residents will be able to do the same Thursday.
A fire broke out on Dec. 28 when a recycling truck dumped a load of material at the Republic Services recycling center, located in the 4200 block of 14th Street in Plano. After the fire, officials with the recycling center and the City of Plano couldn't find an alternative location to dispose of residents' recyclable waste, so services were suspended until further notice.
During that time, recyclable materials were taken to the landfill as trash, or residents held onto their recyclables until services resumed.
Services started again Tuesday in Plano after Republic Services found a temporary site to process recyclable waste until a permanent solution could be determined, according to a press release.
Plano and Richardson residents use Republic Services and both were affected when the fire destroyed the original building. Recycling services in Richardson will resume Thursday, according to the city's website.
With services back up, the City of Plano says it will prevent 90 tons of materials from going into the landfill each day.