By hallie bluntSpecial to the Herald TimesMEEKER I The town of Meeker established the recycling center in 2003 on the south end of Third Street. It is on the right side of Third Street near the dead end as you head south from Market Street. [The center is open to all county residents for free, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.] They accept corrugated cardboard, shredded white paper, magazines and newspapers, junk mail, phone books once a year when they are given out and aluminum cans.The recycling center has labeled bins that make the process easy. The town bales the paper products and they are shipped to Weyerhauser in Denver. The aluminum cans are smashed locally and taken to the highest buyer within a reasonable distance.Since opening in 2003, the center has processed more than 800 tons of paper and aluminum for recycling. This is a significant amount of garbage that did not end up in the land fill.The town of Meeker hopes to enclose the recycling center and plans to accomplish this goal through grants. They hope to achieve this as soon as possible, depending on availability of grants.As spring is near, don’t forget to take the opportunity and do your part in recycling. The Meeker Recycling Center makes it convenient and easy for all residents.
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