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Area company expands for recycling facilities

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Students spend time every day at Wallace Brothers Disposal and Recycling to help sort the recyclables. Northview senior Anthony Welch (from left), Northview sophomore Jonathon Chapman and Clay City High School junior Hunter Reason help sort the recycling before the material goes to the bailer. [Order this photo]
Wallace Bros. Disposal and Recycling, 2067 W. United States 40, Brazil, has expanded its facilities to create more room for recycling.

"In the last four or five years, we've gotten to the place where we needed to expand," Route Supervisor Ryan Wallace said. "We expanded our recycling center by 40 percent."

The company added a 50-by-50 area onto the existing building, specifically for storing recyclables until they are ready to be shipped.

Wallace Brothers Disposal and Recycling has an area specifically set apart for the sorting of recyclables. The company recycles cardboard, magazines, office paper, paper bags, newspapers, paperboard, milk cartons, tin and steel cans, No. 1-7 plastics, aluminum cans and phone books. The company also recycles electronics such as computers, televisions, small appliances and large home appliances. [Order this photo]
The recyclables are collected, sorted and bailed. They are shipped in semi loads.

"We have to store it until it is ready to ship," Wallace said. "As we're able to recycle more products, every product takes space."

Wallace Bros. Disposal and Recycling recently partnered with a company to begin recycling e-waste products, including computers; small home appliances, such as toasters or vacuum cleaners; televisions and large home appliances, such as stoves or dishwashers; among other things.

They've also been working with a program ran by Bev Higham with Clay Community Schools called Transition Work Experience Program, where students visit the facility to assist Wallace's staff in sorting the recyclables.

"It's one of the many on-the-job training opportunities for the students to learn," Higham said. "It helps them learn where they are interested, and get them ready for the real world."

Through the program, students visit multiple businesses to gain real world experience.

"It helps them with job skills and communication," Wallace said. "We're trying to get other entities in the community involved too."

Wallace said they have been promoting recycling to all their customers.

"We offer curbside recycling with no charge," he said. "Customers just buy the bags, put their recycling out once a week with their trash and we pick them up."

The company recycles cardboard, magazines, office paper, paper bags, newspapers, milk cartons, tin and steel cans, No. 1-7 plastics, books, aluminum cans and phone books.

Wallace Bros. Disposal and Recycling has been working with the City of Brazil and taking care of the Brazil City recycling free of charge. The Solid Waste District has helped the company with allowing the use of their equipment for various projects.

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How much are the bags?

-- Posted by skooby on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 6:58 PM

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