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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Fayette County Recycling Program Expands

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Fayette County's Recycling Program has expanded once again, with the addition of 14 more recycling drop-off bins and opening of its new recycling convenience center.

 Uniontown, PA - Fayette County’s Recycling Program has expanded once again, with the addition of 14 more recycling drop-off bins and opening of its new recycling convenience center. 

 

Last year, Fayette County Recycling Coordinator Sheila Shea implemented the first phase of the state-of-the-art recycling program’s revamping, placing 20 recycling bins throughout the county at different schools and municipal buildings. The bins were purchased through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. 

 

The new, 20-yard bins will also be placed in various municipalities, with two dedicated to the Bullskin Township Senior Center and Dunbar Township Municipal Building. Shea said she’s currently working with other communities to implement the county recycling program in their neighborhoods, with a goal of serving all Fayette citizens.

 

“We’re trying to make recycling available in all 42 municipalities, so that everyone has the option to recycle and help us reduce the waste that ends up in our landfills,” Shea said. The positive feedback and support I’ve received from residents thus far has been overwhelming. Everyone is so excited that Fayette County is expanding its recycling options.” 

 

Recyclables that can be placed in the new bins include:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (numbers one through seven).
  • Aluminum/steel/bi-metal cans.
  • Cardboard.
  • Newspaper.
  • Mixed paper/office paper.
  • Glass bottles and jugs (all colors).

Please note that plastic bags will NOT be accepted in the recycling bins, as they damage machinery during the processing phase.

 

“Because of the increased convenience, Fayette County residents have doubled the amount of recycling through our drop-off program since we first expanded last year,” Shea said. “This has all been made possible through DEP funding, and we’re so grateful for the state’s continued support of what we’re trying to achieve. Expanding our drop-off program was just the beginning.” 

 

In addition to rolling out the new bins, Shea is also preparing to hold the first Hard-to-Recycle event of the year at the new Fayette County Recycling Convenience Center on April 24. The event, which is open to all Fayette County citizens, will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, with convenience fees for hard-to-recycle items and additional information to be released in the coming weeks.

 

Fayette County recently purchased the former Goodwill Recycling Center using a DEP Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act grant. Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania opted to leave the industry and close its long-standing recycling center in May 2020, after serving the county for more than 30 years. 

 

Fayette County has since entered into an agreement with Carry All Products Inc. of Connellsville for hauling services; and Superior Fine Grind LLC of South Connellsville for processing services.

 

Once fully operational, the new, county-run Recycling Convenience Center will offer a self-serve, drive-through option for residents to bring both traditional and hard-to-recycle items for drop-off year-round.

 

“We’re so excited that Fayette County residents will now have access to a Recycling Convenience Center three days a week that will allow them to drop off so much more than their regular recycling,” Shea said. “Now, they won’t have to wait until our spring and fall events to dispose of tires, electronics or appliances.” 

 

More information about the Recycling Convenience Center’s operations and associated convenience fees will be made available at a later date. 

 

The Hard-to-Recycle event will also mark the end of Earth Week, which includes the international holiday Earth Day on April 22. Shea will celebrate Earth Day with an invitation-only ribbon cutting for county officials; state and federal legislators; and other recycling representatives at the Fayette County Recycling Convenience Center, officially signifying all the progress the county’s recycling program has made in recent years. 

 

State grants have also allowed for the purchase of new garage doors at the Recycling Convenience Center, which will soon be installed at the center to offer citizens easier drop-off access; as well as solidifying the county’s recycling vehicle fleet. 

 

Goodwill’s former 2008 haul-all truck was converted into a roll-off truck for transporting the new recycling bins, and for use as an on-site support vehicle at the center. Additionally, the Recycling Program already boasts a compactor truck and will soon receive a 2021 F350 box truck. 

 

Shea, who also serves as the county’s stormwater manager, said the doors and vehicles are just the first phase of upgrades at the center.

 

Future phases include plans for recycling education areas, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), a rain garden and more. 

 

“It’s been amazing to shape this new recycling program that’s able to better serve our residents,” Shea said. “Four years ago, I had a vision that I wanted to bring to life. To finally see everything coming to fruition is an incredible feeling.” 

 

For more information, contact Shea at sshea@fayettepa.org or call the Fayette County Recycling Hotline at 724-430-4884.

 

To learn more about Fayette County, visit www.FayetteCountyPA.org.

 

Editor's Note: Photo attached (Recycling Bin)

 

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This communication is part of the Fayette County PR Initiative, which is funded through the Fayette County Local Share Account (LSA) and Hotel Tax Grants in cooperation with the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette, The Redstone Foundation and other partners. This funding has been designated for the continued promotion and marketing of Fayette County, PA.


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For more information, contact Kristi Rooker Kassimer, Public Relations Specialist, at 412-691-0262, kkassimer@fayettecountypa.info or Kaylie Moore, Community Relations Coordinator, at 724-430-1200 Ext. 1611, kmoore@fayettepa.org.    

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