Delphi Suspends Recycling Services Following Fire At Frankfort Plant

Sep 5, 2019

A July fire destroyed the Werner & Son recycling facilities, which provided services to Frankfort, Delphi, and other nearby towns.
Credit Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Delphi officials have suspended curbside recycling pickup for residents. The decision is the result of a July fire that destroyed a Frankfort recycling plant.

Delphi Mayor Shane Evans says the curbside pickup is suspended until Werner & Son, the Frankfort recycling plant they previously used, is back on its feet. He says that’s projected to take between six months and a year.

Evans says the city will still do curbside pickup for other waste, but it will all go to a landfill. He says they haven’t found anyone who will take the recyclable materials.

“There are other options, I believe, in Howard County,” Evans says. “But the hauling and tipping costs are more expensive than the costs for the contractor to take it to Frankfort.”

Residents can take any materials they want to recycle to the Carroll County Transfer Station at 1295 North, 625 West, but the materials must be sorted.

Flora city officials also suspended recycling pickup after the fire halted operations at Werner & Son. Clerk-Treasurer Joretta Tinsman says they looked for other options, but couldn’t find any facilities that accept the same materials.

Frankfort is still offering curbside pickup on a monthly schedule, visiting one city quadrant each week. The city street department is also accepting drop-offs.