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Davis County to get recycling drop-off center

LAYTON (Deseret News) — Davis County residents who are itching to recycle but haven't convinced their cities to implement a curb-side program will have the option to recycle in early 2010.

And they can do it at a place they're already used to taking waste: the Layton landfill.

The landfill's owner, Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, broke ground Wednesday for a $1.1 million recycling drop-off center, which will be designed to accept various recyclable materials and bundle them to be sold.

Nathan Rich, the district's executive director and CEO, said its current recycling program consists of large blue bins throughout the district, which includes cities in Davis and Morgan counties.

But Rich called the bin program expensive and inefficient because recyclables aren't compressed and bundled.

The new building will have the capability of bailing cardboard and other materials so that recyclers, such as Waste Management and Rocky Mountain Recycling, can buy the products and get them turned into new products.

Materials for the 6,000-square-foot building will consist of up to 70 percent recycled steel. The building will be heated by combustible landfill gas and is designed to handle 3,000 to 4,000 tons of waste per year.

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