- Category: Living Green
02 Jul 2009
- Published on Thursday, 02 July 2009 10:55
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Texas-based Waste Management, a leading provider of comprehensive recycling services, officially opened its expansive and ultra-green recycling center near Hillsboro, Oregon. The recycling center will help reduce landfill waste across Washington County.
The 65,000-square-foot facility will accommodate construction and demolition cast-offs such as concrete, asphalt, wood, and metals to be reused in new ways, resulting in significant energy savings and environmental benefits such as greenhouse gas reductions.
Dean Kattler, Vice President for Waste Management’s Northwest Market Area, said, “Recovering debris from construction and demolition sites and then putting it back to work in the community synchs up with our broader company strategies to use traditional waste in innovative, sustainable ways. Instead of ending up in the landfill, these materials will be recovered and reused.”
"The new facility will help our region further progress in its commitment to recycling, preventing waste and ensuring sustainable, livable communities for generations to come,” added David Bragdon, Council President of Metro, the regional government of Portland metropolitan area.
During the peak construction of the $10-million facility, 100 construction jobs were created, with 20 permanent jobs available upon completion.
Waste Management also operates a landfill in the area of the recycling facility. The landfill accepts mainly construction and demolition debris and not household garbage or hazardous waste. More than 100 acres of certified wildlife habitat and wetlands in the area, which is home to 100 bird species and mammals, is also managed by the company.
- Natassia Y. Laforteza