As a public service, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with The Optimist Club of Newport, operates a newspaper recycling site at 648 SW 9th St in Newport. As part of this recycling program a supervised Lincoln County Jail inmate work crew sort and stack newspaper for recycling. The proceeds are divided between the Newport Optimist club and the Lincoln County Jail inmate fund. The funds given to the Optimist club represent a large portion of their yearly funding and are they use to support local youth programs. The funds that the Sheriff’s office receive as a result of this program are put in to the Jails inmate fund which provides supplies for inmate programming and work crews.
Over the Years there have been several incidents of local citizens and businesses using this newspaper recycling site as an illegal dumping ground for everything from daily garbage and recycling to appliances and furniture. The recycling site is not an authorized dumping location for anything besides newspapers and glass. Signage has been posted on site to clarify that. However this continues to be a persistent problem. Illegal dumping is a crime and could result in a fine or jail time.
Metal, Cardboard, appliances and glass can all be recycled at both Thompsons Sanitary and Dahl Disposal sites usually free of charge. Disposal of items other than newspapers at this location places an un-necessary burden on the entities providing these services to the community and may jeopardize the programs ability to operate at that location if it becomes dangerous or unsanitary.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office asks for your assistance to help keep the community clean and continue to support funding for local youth and inmate programs. If you see dumping at this site, please contact local law enforcement.