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Mayor: Montgomery's new recycling center now fully operational

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(Source: Bulk Handling Systems) (Source: Bulk Handling Systems)

It's the largest and most advanced of its kind in the entire country and now Montgomery's new recycling plant is fully operational.

Tuesday, Mayor Todd Strange gave an update on the progress of the plant and offered reminders about what you can and can't throw away.

The plant has been sorting Montgomery residents' garbage for a week now. The facility opened last month to begin testing. After that test phase, the city signed off on the plant.

State-of-the-art machinery separates trash from recyclable material. The usable material will be sold to private companies and the remaining trash will be taken to the city landfill.

Mayor Strange says right now it's keeping about 62% of trash from going to the landfill.

The plant makes citywide recycling as easy as taking out the trash. All you have to do is put household materials in your green garbage can. There's no need to even sort it because the plant will do that for you.

The mayor said it's important to remember that not everything can be thrown out.

"What we would want to remind everyone is it is household garbage, municipal waste and it is not tires, and it is not dead dogs, and it is not dead cats and it is not garbage from trash leaves and those kind of things," Strange said. "Some of the biggest issues have been dead animals and tires going through the facility and that just clogs things up."

There are already plans to expand the work force. The plant currently has 60 employees but company officials are looking at adding a second shift and plan to start hiring next week.

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