By Emily Banks Wooten
To date, Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) has collected over 200,000 pounds of recyclable material at the Polk County Recycling Center located at 10311 N. Hwy 146 in Livingston nine miles south of Hwy. 190 across from FM 2665. Hours for collection are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PCRB is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Polk County to provide a reliable recycling service for the residents of East Texas. It is sustained by grants, donations and the sale of recyclable materials. The center can accept #1, #2 and #5 plastics, flattened cardboard and aluminum and steel “tin” cans.
It is asked that all materials be relatively clean which makes them more valuable to the buyers, helping the organization to support the program for years to come. It is also asked that materials be presorted as much as possible to assist the volunteers.
While the center is always looking for volunteers to assist with the collection and sorting of materials and to learn about recycling best practices and help spread the word throughout the community, there is presently a paid position available.
The center has an opening for a recycling center attendant to perform work in an open warehouse that is not climate-controlled, with some duties performed outside. The attendant will assist staff and volunteers with collecting and sorting material, help people unload their recyclables, help keep the center clean and organized, educate people about recycling and PCRB and assist with other duties as needed. Effective communication and customer service skills are needed. Applicants must be at least 18, have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and must be able to lift 40 pounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at a rate of $12 an hour. The center is closed on holidays.
To apply for the position, or to learn more about PCRB and the Polk County Recycling Center, go to pcrbtexas.org.