Recycling Obsession Results in Problem With City

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, March 27 2013 at 4:12 PM, Updated: Wed, March 27 2013 at 4:22 PM

A Klamath Falls woman's obsession with recycling has gotten her into a jam with the city...

Frankie Vogt recycles cans and bottles that many stores can't...

"And this is the result of me bringing home what people throw away every day."

However, Frankie's recycling pile has grown to the point where she got a complaint from the city.

"We are definitely encouraging recycling - this case has gone a little over the edge."  Notes Sandra Fox, Klamath Falls Community Development Director.  "With the amount of recycling, and the fact that the recycled items have not left the property."

One of her helpers was injured in a car accident last fall, and that's left Frankie behind in getting her items to a recycling center - and Frankie admits that she's in a little bit over her head...

And what Frankie sees as treasure, others see as trash.

"The accumulation of these types of recyclables on the property can be considered junk."  Says Sandra Fox.

Vogt notes that the city has granted her a little extra time to clean up...

"I've got an extension until May 31st, which I'm extremely grateful for."

If you can help Frankie with the clean-up, send her at email at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frankie and the city will be most grateful.

Klamath Falls Code Enforcement has been working with Vogt since last October.

Vogt says she hasn't collected any new recycling material in the past 6 months.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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