Waste Management Cuts Ribbon On Recycling Facility

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SHAWNEE CO., Kan. (WIBW) - Gearing up for more recycling in Shawnee County and the surrounding area, a new materials recovery facility was dedicated Friday.

Waste Management cut the ribbon on the $7.5 million facility at Rolling Meadows Recycling and Disposal, 7351 NW Hwy. 75.

The facility will sort and process recyclable newspaper, cardboard, plastics and more. It uses a single-stream technology, meaning customers can place all recyclables into a single container without the need to separate different types of materials.

"This is the first waste management facility like this in Kansas," Kent Harrell, Director of Collection Operations at Waste Management, said. "It's a state of the art facility and it's going to mean that the residents and businesses of Shawnee County, Topeka and the entire surrounding area get the benefits of having a service locally to recycle more materials."

The center will bring up to 20 new jobs to the area. In addition to the Topeka and Shawnee County area, it also will serve other areas in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Among clients for the facility is Shawnee County, which will launch its curbside recycling service in January.