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Construction material recycling facility opening in Colchester

Governor Peter Shumlin will be on hand to help usher in Vermont’s first mixed construction & demolition materials recycling center (216 Red Can Drive, Colchester), Wednesday, October 30, at 11 a.m.

The Myers Recycling Center, owned and operated by Myers Container Service, will accept mixed loads of construction and demolition (C&D) debris from contractors and do-it-yourselfers, sort out what is recyclable and reusable, and send a much smaller stream of material to the landfill.

“I’ve been in the construction industry for years,” said owner Jeff Myers. “I’ve seen so much good material going into the landfill. With this facility, we can keep as much as possible out of the landfill, while creating jobs.”

A number of materials will be accepted at the 12,000-square-foot facility, including asphalt shingles, which will be recycled into asphalt mix for paving; clean lumber, which will be chipped up and used to make waferboard; concrete, which will be crushed and used as road base, and scrap metal, which will be sold to recycling markets. As much as possible, reusable materials will be used in construction projects, rather than allowed to go to waste in a landfill.

“Construction and demolition material makes up over a quarter of the trash Chittenden County sends to the landfill,” noted Nancy Plunkett, Waste Reduction Manager for the Chittenden Solid Waste District. “In 2005, we provided two grants for $10,000, including one to Myers Container Service, to help evaluate the feasibility of and fund the planning stages for such a facility. We are thrilled that there is now a facility that makes it easier for builders to recycle this material.”

Jeff Myers, a Winooski resident, opened his company in 1994. Myers now has offices in Colchester, Moretown, and St. Johnsbury. The Chittenden Solid Waste District is a municipality established in 1987 to provide efficient, economical, and environmentally sound management of solid waste generated by Chittenden County residents and businesses. Keeping recyclable and reusable materials out of landfills is a core means by which CSWD fulfills its mission.

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