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The East Alabama Recycling Partnership was one of 21 applicants to be awarded a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). This year, total grant funds to the East Alabama Recycling Partnership amount to $167,950 with Opelika Environmental Services receiving $137,136. The East Alabama Recycling Partnership consists of the City of Opelika, the City of Auburn, Auburn University and Lee County.
Opelika Environmental Services will use $100,000 to partially fund a new automated side loader, which has a cost of approximately $265,000. The purchase of this truck will replace older trucks in use and will greatly improve collection services making the curbside recycling program sustainable for many years. The remainder of the funds will be used to purchase additional 96-gallon carts and cardboard trailers.
Opelika Environmental Services handles more than 900 curbside customers, four convenience centers and more than 75 cardboard customers. These customers produce over 700 tons per year in recycling materials. These funds will allow Opelika to continue growing its recycling footprint.
For more information, contact Environmental Services Director Terry White at 334-705-5480.