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Kent County recycling facility to temporarily close

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Alan Levine
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Kent County is closing its recycling facility temporarily. But this is a good thing in the long run, according to the Department of Public Works.

Kristen Weiland, marketing and communications director with the Kent County Department of Public Works, says the facility is shutting down so the county can install new equipment.

“Because we've had so much of a shift in material that's coming into the facility, we have to put in some new equipment to be able to manage that most effective way possible,” Weiland said.

Weiland says during the closure, most recyclables will be sent to the county's waste-to-energy facility where recyclables will be diverted to a facility that converts them to energy.

“So if there's anything positive coming out of this shutdown, other than the new equipment, it's that we can generate electricity from it,” she said.

The recycling center will close down on November 28 and should reopen by December 18.

The county recently launched an initiative to decrease waste going to landfills and increase sustainability. 

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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