May 20, 2020 3:26 PM

City announces temporary hours for Drive-thru Recycling Center

Posted May 20, 2020 3:26 PM

The Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center (SDRC) is scheduled to reopen on June 3 with several modifications to its operating hours and procedures, resulting from expected budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the April safer-at-home order.

Temporary hours of operation

•Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Vehicle traffic

•Long lines are expected during the first few weeks. Please be patient as we work to process a higher than normal amount of recyclables.

•There may be two lines formed with separate trucks within the fenced-in area, one inside the building and one outside the building (on the north side) to help facilitate a larger number of customers.

•Motorists may be directed to turn left (south) when exiting the facility onto the gravel area to prevent traffic jams from the anticipated line of cars and the construction on North Street between Santa Fe Avenue and North Ninth Street.

•As the number of customers is reduced, staff may return to its normal operation of a single lane of traffic inside the building only and allow exiting in either direction.

Plastic bags

•Plastic bags will no longer be accepted for transporting recyclables (paper, newsprint, plastic containers, aluminum, steel, cardboard, etc.).

•Plastic bags will continue to be allowed for transporting shredded paper only.

End-of-day gate closure

•At about 3:45 p.m. (Wednesday – Friday) and 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays), a staff member will walk the line of customers, if any, and inform them the facility will be closing in 15 minutes.

•At 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on Saturdays, the gates will be closed. Anyone waiting in line outside the gates will have to come back when the facility is opened again.

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will remain closed for the time being. A separate announcement will be provided to the public when it is reopened.  

If you have any questions, please call General Services at (785) 309-5750.

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Early Wednesday morning pursuit ends with car abandoned

An early morning pursuit has led to a police investigation after the vehicle, which was tagged incorrectly, was found abandoned in central Salina.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester reported this morning that at 3:20 a.m. today an officer observed a maroon Chrysler Sebring in the 100 block of Baker Street. The license plate on the car came back as belonging to a 1999 Buick Park Avenue, so the officer attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of South Broadway Boulevard and West Walnut Street, he explained.

The vehicle drove northbound on South Broadway Boulevard and then went east on State Street and jumped the railroad tracks at State Street and West Place, at which point a pursuit was initiated with speeds at approximately 50 mph, Forrester noted. The vehicle then went south onto North 11th Street at approximately 55 mph, he added.

Forrester reported that the vehicle then went down the alley between the 200 block of South 11th Street and the 200 block of South 12th Street, but due to the dust and debris being kicked up, the officer lost sight of the vehicle. A short time later, a Saline County Sheriff's deputy located the vehicle abandoned in the 400 block of South 12th Street with the keys in the console, Forrester explained.

The vehicle was impounded and the investigation is ongoing, he noted.