By Emily Banks Wooten
Polk County’s new recycling center has been open two days a week on a trial basis for several weeks now and will continue to for the foreseeable future. Located at 10311 Hwy. 146 in Livingston, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
“To our recyclers, we want to thank you so much for your interest in recycling and say that we appreciate your support and contributions,” Kari Miller said. Miller, assistant to Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy, also serves as the county’s liaison to the Polk County Recycling & Beautification group.
“Based on some of the recent drop-offs, we want to provide some more information about the particulars of this center. Polk County Recycling & Beautification doesn’t have the capacity to recycle all types of materials, so we want to let you know what we can, and can’t, take and hope you will help us by spreading the word to your friends and neighbors,” Miller said.
Items the center can accept include:
#1 Plastics. These include beverage bottles (rinsed and without lids) and various other clear food containers. You know it’s a #1 if it has a triangle stamped in the plastic with a “1” inside it.
#2 Plastics. These are thicker containers, like milk jugs and detergent bottles (rinsed and without lids). You know it’s a #2 if it has a triangle stamped in the plastic with a “2” inside it.
Corrugated Cardboard (clean and dry)
Aluminum Cans (empty)
Mixed Paper (envelopes, magazines, newspapers, colored paper, paper-back books, etc.) Paper should be sorted separately from all other materials.
“Any plastics that don’t have a triangle, like bags and other filmy plastics, or plastics that have a triangle with numbers 3-7 in them cannot be recycled at our facility. We don’t have buyers for those materials, so they have to be thrown away. Unfortunately, we also cannot take food or drink cartons or greasy pizza boxes,” Miller said.
“All materials should be pre-sorted so they can be put in the appropriate bins. This will help reduce the strain on PCRB staff and volunteers and ensure the operation is successful. It is also important that the materials be relatively clean to help keep the center clean and ensure the materials fetch the best possible price in the market,” Miller said.
“We sincerely appreciate our first wave of donors and look forward to visiting next time you come see us. Together, we can make our community and county a more beautiful place,” Miller said.