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Drive-through recycling center to open in Unity

| Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Starting next month, Westmoreland County residents will have a year-round location to drop off hard-to-recycle items.

A new drive-through service offered by Westmoreland Cleanways will increase the opportunities to dispose of recyclables beyond the periodic events held throughout the year.

“It's been a years-long goal to have our own recycling center,” said Westmoreland Cleanways Executive Director Ellen Keefe.

The Unity center will open Feb. 3 in Innovative Park, just off Route 30. Keefe said a manager for the center has been hired.

The center will replace annual Hard-to-Recycle days held around the county that bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds of recyclables, Keefe said.

Fred Goodman, a director on the organization's board, said the new center also will offer much more space for staff.

Keefe said the project was driven by the huge influx of electronics at recycling sites. She hopes the center can eventually accept other items, such as tree limbs and yard waste.

“We're thinking that once we get in there and get settled, we'll be able to take advantage of other opportunities that come along,” Keefe said.

Funding from the county and state is assisting in the lease, as are two area businesses that take items dropped off at Westmoreland Cleanways — JVS Environmental of Somerset County and Dan's Tire of Fayette County.

“We're always looking for ways to better serve our county,” Keefe said. “We're hoping that this is going to be a start of a really good program.”

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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