TYLER (KYTX) - Starting Monday, March 25 the City of Tyler's Recycling Center will be open six days a week to enhance accessibility for area residents. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We are looking for ways to optimize the recycling center and will be making more changes in the near future," said Russ Jackson, Solid Waste manager. "Our goal is to identify strategies that allow our visitors to have more options for recycling."
In addition, the center will start accepting rinsed tin and steel food cans, along with any steel or copper products on March 25.
"We accept tin cans in our curbside collection program, so we want to see how it will work to collect them at the center," Jackson said. "One of the key elements to this will be for citizens to rinse the cans, since they usually contain food products. This will help us minimize the pests that may be attracted by the smell of food."
The City's Recycling Center is a joint project shared by the Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful.
"I hope our area residents will take notice of these changes and make the most of this great facility," said Keep Tyler Beautiful Board Chair Phyllis Carlyle.
She said the center is a good place for renters to recycle since they do not have access to the City's Curbside Recycling Service.
The center opened in 1992 and is located in a "recycled" fire station at 418 N. Bois D'Arc Ave. This free drop-off facility serves approximately 4,000 area residents per year.
Starting Monday, the center will accept the following:
- Tin and steel cans (rinse and crush please)
- Any steel products (scrap steel, automotive wheels, kitchen appliances just to name a few)
- Any copper products (damaged electrical extension cords or electrical wiring)
- Electronics (including cell phones)
- Newspaper, junk mail, magazines and phone books
- Aluminum cans (rinse and crush please)
- Office paper
- Cardboard (both brown corrugated and single layer cardboard, such as cereal boxes)
- Clear, green and brown glass bottles
- #1 plastic containers (soda and water bottles rinsed)
- #2 plastic containers (milk jugs, laundry and fabric softener bottles rinsed)
For more information go to www.TylerRecycles.com or call Special Projects Coordinator Gary Lynch at (903) 531-1348.