County to close public recycling centers

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan
Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan

The county is closing its public recycling centers.

The only place residents will now have to recycle will be the county landfillat 230 W. Gulf to Lake Highway in Lecanto, which the county said on Thursday will not cost residents a fee to use.

After hearing for the past few weeks from Meadowcrest residents about not allowing a recycling area in that part of Crystal River, and hearing horror stories from residents watching an incoming flood of non-recyclables streaming into recycling areas countywide, the Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to pull the plug on recycling abuse.

The centers were originally set up for county residents to be able to recycle household items like soda cans, cardboard, newspaper and glass. But increasingly, there have been people who use those centers for a dumping ground for grills, vacuum cleaners, common household garbage scraps, aluminum automotive radiators, carpet and even construction-type materials -- all of which are illegal in both county ordinances and under state laws.

The dumpster-style recycle containers have been ordered to be removed, as soon as possible, as part of the commision's edict.

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said the move is temporary, until the county can decide how to efficiently manage all of the county's waste stream, from recycling to universal garbage collection.

As of Thursday, the following Recycling Centers will be closing:

  • Withlacoochee Technical College

  • Citrus Springs

  • West Side Convenience Center (SR44, Crystal River)


There is no charge for recyclables brought to the Citrus County Central Landfill located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway in Lecanto. Residents are reminded that illegal dumping can result in fines up to $500.