The city of London and Laurel County now has a new 24 hour recycling center.
The public works director says it will save the city thousands of dollars.
People using the new recycling center in Laurel County say it's easy and convenient.
“It's just one of them things if I don't I have to pay for the garbage truck when I can bring it here on the trip to town,” Bennie Smith said.
The city of London opened the new regional recycling center Monday and the city's public works director says it's a big improvement from the county's old center.
“It can only help them, with the roadside litter and with the way they had to process it, it was labor intensive,” Steve Edge said.
Edge says in the first year alone he expects the facility to process about 3,600 tons of material that would normally be going to a landfill and that will save the city about $75,000.
Robby Blair is the center's supervisor and says everyone should make an effort to recycle.
“What happens, ten years from now? You know, there's not going to be many landfills left,” Blair said.
He says they've designed this center to be more user friendly.
The old one had dispensers that were much higher off the ground.
Just ask Zelma Rice, “Well, if you've got a bag of papers, they're heavy. They get heavy. and it's harder for older people especially, or short people to reach up and put those in there.”
She says hopefully the convenience will encourage others to make a difference in their community.
Blair says curbside recycling service could be provided within the next two years.