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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Columnist 

Recycling drop-off shrinks; Colfax, Pullman begins fees


June 13, 2019

Those taking recycling to the Colfax drop-off center on Sumner Street next to Empire Disposal may have noticed a difference. The dumpsters for glass, plastic and aluminum are gone.

They were taken away April 1.

“The market is really bad right now,” said David Nails, solid waste and recycling director. “I’ve been working at this for 12 years. This is the worst it’s ever been.”

Aaron Lawhead, site manager for Empire Disposal which collects the recyclables at Sumner Street, made the decision after consideration.

“I tried to push it off for several years,” said Lawhead. “We...

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