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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday fining residents who discard non-recyclable items at the county’s recycling drop-off sites.

Offenders are docked $250 for the first violation, $1,000 for a second violation within one year, and up to $2,500 for a third violation in 12 months.

“We’ve had electronics, water heaters, construction debris, scooters, bicycles, you name it—things have been left there that are just truly not recyclable,” Commissioner Tom Murtaugh says.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

It will be at least a week before officials conclude an investigation into the cause of a fire at a Frankfort recycling plant.

Assistant Fire Chief Ed Cripe says the Frankfort Fire Department has two members investigating, along with a private investigator brought in by Werner and Son Recycling. He says they’re still reviewing video surveillance and conducting interviews.

The city street department is still collecting recycling in place of Werner and Son. They will continue to collect from one quadrant of the city at a time until the regular weekly schedule can resume.

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Frankfort officials have suspended the city’s curbside recycling pickup this week after a Monday fire at a recycling plant, but officials say residents can still drop off materials at the city street department.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe says the city began partnering with Werner and Son for its recycling a few years ago, when the amount of materials to be processed became too much for its own facilities.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

A fire at a Frankfort recycling plant continued to burn Monday afternoon as firefighters fought back the blaze.

Teams were dispatched to Werner and Son Recycling around 4:30 Monday morning after a passerby reported what they thought was a dumpster fire. Officials don’t know what caused the blaze, which tore down much of the east side of the building and left only the façade on the west.

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