County Curbside Recycling May Hurt Topeka Business

By: Ryan Smith Email
By: Ryan Smith Email

Topeka, KAN. (WIBW)—The Shawnee county refuse and recycling director said it's time to get more people to the curb. The department wants to offer curbside recycling pickup for the county's refuse customers. But that may keep one Topeka Business from operating.

Jim Tuchscherer spends his mornings picking up other people's trash, which means the life of the landfill rolls on one container at a time.

"It’s a dream that I had, I’m an environmentalist,” said Tuchscherer.

It’s a passionate profession for Tuchscherer. He developed that passion while he was a boy scout learning the motto “leave this world a little better than you found it.”

"It's almost a spiritual thing I guess. We’re intimately connected to the earth and if we don't take good care of earth, we're not taking good care of ourselves."

Home Recycling Service is in its 12th year, but the new idea could cut his business short. Shawnee county refuse director Steve Bolton wants the county to pick up residents' recycling. At first, the service would be free for Shawnee county refuse customers. That could pull away a huge slice of Tuchscherer’s 850 customers.

County commissioner chairman Vic Miller said people want curbside pickup.

“They want the convenience, but they don't want to pay for doing the right thing,” said Miller.

For now, Tuchscherer runs the only pickup recycling service in the county and this environmentalist hopes his customers won't toss his business out like an old piece of trash.

"Any serious reduction in customer base would make it difficult to stay in business,” said Tuchscherer.

County commissioners will talk about the plan on Monday.


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