Just before the holidays, December 16th to be exact, Wesselman Woods announced they were temporarily closing their recycling facility due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area, saying they had "to prioritize the health of our volunteers, guests, and staff" due to the fact they rely on "volunteers to help us with sorting the materials." Their hope is to reopen the facility sometime later this spring, if possible, however that unfortunately hasn't stopped some from dumping their recyclable materials on the lot anyway.

In an effort to provide some place where you can take your recyclables, the nature preserve is hosting an off-site recycling center this Saturday in the parking lot which used to be the home of Walmart on University Boulevard on Evansville's west side.

What's the difference between the off-site and on-site centers? Materials dropped off at the on-site center, when open, is sorted and separated by the aforementioned volunteers. For the off-site drop-off, you'll need to sort everything yourself before bringing it.

The off-site location will run from 8:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday. Materials that will be accepted include:

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Metal Food Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogs and Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Bagged Shredded Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • #1 through #7 Plastic Containers

Items that won't be accepted are:

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags

You can also bring your real Christmas tree to be shredded into mulch by a local tree service.

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