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Recycling center celebrates 20 years of service

Monday, October 16, 2017

For 20 years, the Council Bluffs Recycling Center has been a hub for environmental education and awareness in the community.

The center celebrated its 20th anniversary with public tours and speeches.

And, it’s not just any recycling facility, either, said Shannon Meister, its education coordinator.

“We’re one of the most comprehensive facilities in the state,” she said.

Unlike many other recycling facilities, the center on Gifford Road not only handles typical items like paper, cardboards, plastics, metals and glass but also construction debris, household hazardous materials, appliances, electronics, tires and automotive products, trees and yard waste.

In fact, the center has recycled more than 161 tons of these non-typical items since it opened in 1997, according to figures announced at the event.

All this recycling has created more jobs, too, Meister said. For years, the center employed 10 full-time employees, but today that number is 12, she said.

“I think the center has been a great asset, a great resource,” Meister said.

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