The tipping room of the city’s recycling center was damaged Monday morning by high winds. The winds tore much of the tipping room’s fabric roof off, forcing the entire facility to be shut down and for the city to suspend residential recycling collections for the rest of this week. Business collections will continue as originally planned.

“Our plan is to resume making residential collections next Monday, Dec. 1,” said Tracey Thurman, the director of the Division of Waste Management.

By suspending the collections, the city is able to avoid sending the recyclable materials to the landfill, saving both taxpayers’ money and space in the landfill.

Residents wanting to go ahead and dispose of their recyclables can use one of the city’s 16 recycling drop off centers around the city. You can find those locations by visiting

For more information, call LexCall at 3-1-1 or 425-2255.