Recycling services have been suspended indefinitely in Richardson and Plano after a fire destroyed an area recycling center Wednesday night.
The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 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, The Dallas Morning News reports. No one was in the building at the time, and no injuries have been reported.
The center served as a drop-off point for Plano and Richardson residents’ recyclable materials. Republic Services and the City of Plano have yet to find an alternate location as the building is likely a total loss, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Republic Services believes it will be weeks for before a solution is in place, according to a press release from the City of Plano. As a result, waste removal employees in Plano and Richardson will collect recyclable materials and dispose of them at the landfill as trash.
According to the release, recycling collection routes in Plano missed Thursday and Friday will be collected Jan. 7 and disposed as trash.
Plano residents can recycle cardboard waste at the Texas Pure Products location at 9901 Custer Road. Cardboard items that contain plastic, Styrofoam or other packing materials won’t be accepted.
According to the City of Richardson’s notice, residents have the option to hold on to their recyclable materials until services are restored. Drop-off recycling at the West Side Pump Station located at 102 N. Cottonwood Dr. in Richardson will also be temporarily closed.