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Linn County Resource Recovery Building
MARION ((CBS2/FOX28 ))
The days of dropping your bag of plastic bottles in one bin, your cardboard in another and lugging that old 70 pound television set to the dumpster and discovering you couldnt get the sliding door open with your elbow are over! Welcome to the state of the art, brand spanking new, $7 million dollar Linn County Resource Recover Building. The new center at 1954 County Home Road is not your fathers recycling facility. In fact, its almost valet service by comparison. Communications director Joe Horaney says in a time of drive through restaurants and even drive through flu shots and weddings .. you can drive right into the massive new building and only have to pop your trunk as staff members rush in to grab your items. This is one stop shop for all recycling needs for linn county .. this is where you can drop paper, plastic, glass, cardboard .. but also electronics, florescent bulbs, batteries and household hazardous materials.
The new recycling center is 47-thousand square feet of space where you dont have to sort your items and almost all the services are free. The size makes it functional for decades to come and not just for our magazines and Starbucks cups. In a future disaster, such as another flood, its big enough to allow all of the debris, sandbags, lumber, drywall and furniture to be brought here and recycled to keep it all out of the landfill.
For now, Horaney says its just a very welcome change from the days when responsible recycling forced people to make five stops at different stations to put tires in one place and trash in another. Now you just pull right in .. we have our staff who will unload your vehicle for you and get you on your way.
There are also a few added perks. The center was built with fees paid for garbage taken to the landfill so there were no taxpayer dollars used. Also, at 47-thousand square feet, you can only imagine the heating bill. Nearly $90,000 dollars should be saved every year by using the gas thats emitted from the landfill for fuel.