Tryon to close recycling center on April 29

Published 5:41 pm Monday, April 13, 2009

Town council members have also expressed concern that much of the recyclables come from people who live outside of Tryon, such as residents of South Carolina.

Council members have also said recycling is a service the county should provide. Polk County has had plans for a few years to have recycling centers throughout the county along with its center at the transfer station in Mill Spring. The county recycling board has also mentioned having a mobile recycling unit travel through the county for pickups.

The following is a press release sent by the Town of Tryon last week:

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&uot;The Town of Tryon will be closing the downtown recycling drop-off center on Maple Street as of Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Interim Town Manager Justin Hembree stated that, &39;The Town of Tryon remains committed to promoting recycling efforts and we urge all citizens to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to promote the future environmental and financial health of our community. In the face of the current economic situation, the Town must tighten its belt and reduce costs where feasible.&bsp; After evaluating current service levels, we feel the closing of the drop-off recycling center will not unduly impact our residents. We highly encourage all Town citizens to take full advantage of our convenient curbside recycling collection service.&39;

&uot;Each residence and business served by the Tryon Sanitation Department is entitled to have two of the handsome bins with the Tryon Seal logo, free of charge, for the collection and pickup of recyclable materials, conveniently, at the curb every Wednesday. Reducing, reusing and recycling slows the rate of fill at our local landfills, extending their useful life and decreasing the government&squo;s long-term landfill operating costs, which keeps the cost to the taxpayers and customers as low as possible. Recycling saves natural resources, energy, and water and decreases harmful emissions of CO2 and methane. Recycling creates jobs. Many companies that provide recycling processes to prepare the recycled materials for reuse in new products operate in North Carolina and some have relocated to former textile mills, providing new opportunities for displaced workers, jobs which are desperately needed now.&bsp; Buying products with recycled content also helps support these recycling-related industries and helps achieve the goal of environmental and resource protection.

&uot;Any residents who have not yet picked up their curbside recycling bins and recycling information flyer may do so at Tryon Town Hall during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or you may telephone the town hall during business hours and arrange for your bins to be delivered to your address during the next recycling run. Tryon&squo;s curbside bins are distributed in sets of two, one green bin and one blue bin.&bsp; Blue bins are for &squo;commingled&squo; bottles & cans:&bsp; aluminum & steel cans; green, brown & clear glass bottles; #1 & #2 plastic bottles & jugs with a neck smaller than the body. Green bins are for mixed paper: newspapers, magazines, junk mail, copy paper, flattened cardboard, and chipboard-like cereal boxes.

&uot;The curbside recycling bins available at this time were purchased with the assistance of a grant from the North Carolina Solid Waste Management Trust Fund that is administered by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (NCDENR-DPPEA).&uot;