Groundbreaking for New Recycling Center

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- A new recycling transfer center will be the latest addition to the Winnebago County Landfill.

The plant will sit on the Eco-Rock Environmental Technologies Campus located at the bottom of the landfill.

County leaders and Rock River Environmental Services held a special ground breaking this afternoon.

The facility will be a transfer center for recyclables such as plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard that will later be sent downstate.

By having this new facility, it will slow the accumulation of materials in the actual landfill.

The new facility is also being built for the possible expansion down the road.

Along with new jobs, the facility will also help keep stateline waste removal costs down.

"The ability to also handle landscape wastes, single stream recyclables, and the other things we talked about helps give people security to know they will never have to reach outside of the community for someone to do something and the costs that could go along with that, " says John Lichty, Rock River Environmental Services Director.

Lichty tells us there should not be any additional odors in the area since sorting will be done inside the building, with most materials leaving the site within twenty-four hours.

Construction should begin over the next few weeks with operations starting early next year.

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