Michael Griffin empties plastic bottles from a front end loader at the new Roswell Recycle Center at 3100 Brasher Road on Tuesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
A new recycling center will be unveiled and open to the public next week as part of the cityâ€™s resolve to go green in the new year. The 12,000-square-foot facility is situated west of the Roswell Municipal Landfill at 3006 W. Brasher Road.
Although the center will perform the same functions as the old facility on East Second Street, city officials hope all the new bells and whistles â€” including a covered â€œdrive-thruâ€ recycling station â€” will encourage more citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle.
This is in light of last yearâ€™s state reports on solid waste that found that only 14 percent of Roswell residents recycle compared to the national average of 32.5 percent.
â€œNow they donâ€™t even have to get (out of) their vehicles,â€ City Sanitation Superintendent Tom Rico said. â€œItâ€™s convenient if itâ€™s raining or snowing.â€
The relocation project began two years ago when the city put the construction project out for a bid to six general contractors. Vantage, a local company, submitted the winning bid at $555,358. The project is being funded by a $3.2 million bond that was earmarked for the new recycling facility and solid waste disposal. The City Council voted to pass the bond in November 2008.
â€œOur hope is that we convert much more waste from the landfill and involve more citizens in recycling by making it easier for them,â€ Mayor Del Jurney said in a press release.
Keep Roswell Beautiful, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the City of Roswell will host the grand opening celebration of the new center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14. The celebration will include tours, demonstrations and refreshments.
People are encouraged to bring recyclables to the ceremony â€” especially cut down Christmas trees. The city will mulch the trees and distribute free mulch and firewood on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who bring recyclables to the celebration will also be eligible to win more than $500 of gift cards.