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Politicians usually donâ€™t jump at the chance for a photo op in front of piles of trash at a landfill. But on Friday morning, Roswell community leaders were eager to show off the cityâ€™s new recycling center.
Keep Roswell Beautiful, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the City of Roswell, hosted a red ribbon- cutting ceremony, celebrating the grand opening of the new 12,000-squarefoot facility.
â€œItâ€™s so spacious and state-of-the-art and organized,â€ Keep Roswell Beautiful Coordinator Renee Roach said. â€œThe parking and the drive-thru is just so convenient.â€
Mayor Del Jurney said he hopes the new center will encourage more people in Roswell to recycle. A state report on solid waste conducted last year, found that only about 14 percent of Roswell residents recycle, compared to the national average of 32.5 percent.
â€œThe fact that we have this center is an indication that we take this seriously,â€ he said.
The executive director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, English Bird, praised the new facility as an example for other communities to follow.
â€œRoswell does have one of the more mature recycling programs,â€ Bird said. â€œItâ€™s really a model for our state.â€
The unveiling of the center comes after more than two years of planning and construction. The project was funded by a $3.2 million bond that the City Council passed in November 2008.
â€œFinally we got our building here at the landfill,â€ City Sanitation Superintendent Tom Rico said, referring to the fact that the new center is replacing the old facility on East Second Street. â€œWeâ€™ve waited a long time.â€
City Councilor Elena Velasquez, Ward V, who chairs the Sanitation Committee, was also in attendance.
The new center is situated west of the Roswell Municipal Landfill at 3006 W. Brasher Rd. Recyclables such as scrap metal, batteries, cardboard, tree clippings, pesticides, paint, cleaning products, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, computers, monitors, televisions and appliances need to be taken to the new center.
Recyclables such as: plastics No. 1 and No. 2, newspaper, white office paper (bagged and shredded acceptable), tin and aluminum cans can still be dropped off in one of the nine recycle containers located throughout the city.
The locations of those containers are: Walmart, Samâ€™s Club, both Farmers Country Market grocery stores, Target, Lawrence Brothers, Plains Park Shopping Center, Kmart and the Bureau of Land Management parking lots.