DUMP AND RUN - La Porte City’s recycling drop-off area has been vandalized by persons leaving non-recyclable materials like the ones pictured above. A closer inspection revealed that none of the recycling bins were full at the time this photo was taken. Photo courtesy of Mayor Dave Neil.

DUMP AND RUN – La Porte City’s recycling drop-off area has been vandalized by persons leaving non-recyclable materials like the ones pictured above. A closer inspection revealed that none of the recycling bins were full at the time this photo was taken. Photo courtesy of Mayor Dave Neil.

City officials have a simple message for those who use the community recycling bins as an excuse to dump their trash: Stop it. Recent photos taken of the area located off Fourth Street and Elm Street have documented piles of non-recyclable garbage being left in the area.

The bins are designed to supplement the City’s curbside recycling program and offer residents an additional location to collect their recyclable materials, such as cardboard, newspaper and plastic and glass containers. When non-recyclable materials such as dirty diapers (that’s right, dirty diapers) are mixed in, none of the materials in the bin can be accepted at the recycling center, resulting in higher costs for garbage collection that are ultimately paid by taxpayers.
City officials caution that continued misuse of the recycling containers will result in the containers being removed from the area. Residents who find the bins full when dropping off legitimate materials to recycle are encouraged to contact the Public Works Dept. at 342-3323.