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Henry County Recycling Center marks successful first year


It was just over a year ago that Henry County took over management of the Henry County Recycling Center and officials are pleased to announce that the effort has been a successful, in not only cleaning up and organizing the facility, but in reversing what was about to be a $70,000 expenditure into a profitable venture for the County. In 2009, the County paid $36,425 in contracted services to run the recycling center. That amount was slated to go up to $70,000 beginning in 2011 had the contract been renewed.

Instead, the Henry County Division of Public Works took over management of the center last January, in an effort to improve services to citizens and better protect the environment, while making operations more efficient. Terry McMickle, Division Director for the Henry County Public Works Department, gave a presentation at the Board of Commissioners regular meeting last week, where he outlined the changes made since the County took control of the center.

“After a year of operation, the center has maintained a clean and friendly place to recycle,” said McMickle. “The revenues were greater than the expenses, therefore there were no expenses incurred by the taxpayers, except for the initial capital outlay.”

Several changes have been implemented to provide better service and enable the center to become self-supporting, and the results have been better than expected. McMickle relayed to the Board of Commissioners that the recycling center saw a profit of $2,031 for the past year, even after making significant changes in the operation of the center, which included adding needed staff, consisting of three part-time attendants and a full-time rolloff truck driver, pouring concrete pads for bins, purchasing additional roll-off containers and cleaning up the facility site. McMickle said the recycling center also utilizes labor from Community Service workers, who assist the center’s attendants with helping customers and heavy lifting, resulting in greater savings to taxpayers.

Several improvements were made to the site, such as the addition of clearly marked bins and sturdy stairs to facilitate easier and faster drop-offs. Before the County took it over, the recycling center accepted bulk trash items, so the biggest change is that it is operating strictly as a recycling center, and no longer accepts any trash, bulk items that can’t be recycled, or tires. Residents dropping off recyclables must also separate items, including plastics by number and glass by color.

Recycling has been brisk and in the past year, the recycling center has collected more than 179 tons of cardboard, 197 tons of scrap metal, and nearly 126 tons of newspaper and magazines. They have also recycled nearly 10 tons of aluminum, 4,145 gallons of motor oil and 190 gallons of residential cooking oil.

Hours of operation have also been extended to make using the center more convenient for citizens. Hours are now from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from

8 a.m. until 2 p.m. An attendant will be on the premises during operating hours to direct citizens to the appropriate bins.

The Recycling Center is located at 65 West Asbury Rd in McDonough. For more information visit www.henrycounty-ga.org or call 770-288-6410.