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Recycling Center Begins Operating April 23, Opening Party April 22

The new Recycling Center – which is having its opening celebration on Earth Day, April 22 – won't be open for business until the following day, April 23.

The opening of El Cerrito's long-awaited will begin with , April 22, and then commence operations the following day, April 23, according to the facility's manager, Garth Schultz.

, from 4-6 p.m., includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, open house, tours, hands-on activities for children and light refreshments, said Suzanne Iarla, community outreach specialist for the city.

The new El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center was built at the same site, at the eastern end of Schmidt Lane, as the old Recycling Center, which ceased operations last May 1. 

The new facility will accept a larger range of materials for recycling and also for re-use at the new Exchange Zone.

It also strives to be environmentally friendly with solar panels, a water-recycling system and re-use of materials from the old center. It is seeking the highest green rating, LEED platinum.

“The City is delighted to debut this long awaited, and long planned for project to the public," Melanie Mintz, the city’s environmental services manager, said in a statement. "At the (April 22) celebration, attendees will meet the project’s builders and architects, be able to tour the facility, learn about the various green building elements that were incorporated into the project, as well as be introduced to all the Center’s new services and features." 

Elizabeth Whipple April 09, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Will compost be available to EC residents this spring? I think there was one op to do so last year, with little advance notice. Where does all our green waste go?! Thanks.
Charles Burress April 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I don't know about the compost give-away, but I bet someone at the Recycling Center (510-215-4350) city could answer that. The green waste goes to a large composting pad in Richmond, where it's turned into the compost, as you can see here: http://patch.com/A-lHmd.

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