An Evans park will become a few more shades of green today with the opening of a new recycling center.
The Riverside Park facility, costing more than $316,000 to build, is now open for drop offs after about six months of work.
In April, county commissioners approved the bid to Evans-based Continental Construction. The center was expected to cost $265,000.
“We wanted to add a new facility to the Evans area because we’ve had such great success with our William Few location in Grovetown,” said county Green Programs Manager Jenny Hinson, whose office has moved to the Evans center. “We’ve taken a lot of things away from our area behind the government center due to contamination and things like that, so now we’re able to bring those back in addition to more items.”
The facility is similar to the Grovetown one that opened in October 2009, but larger.
Hinson keeps a tally of materials dropped off at the William Few Parkway center and has recorded nearly 2,000 customers each month. Cardboard, plastic and glass, which started being accepted in December, are the top products, she said.
With the opening of the new center on Dolphin Way, behind Riverside Elementary School, Hinson said the future of recycling options at the Evans Government Center remains undetermined.
Accepted at the new Evans facility and its Grovetown counterpart are glass, cardboard, plastics, metal, electronics, newspapers and magazines, office paper and cans.
Residents dropping off recyclable materials at the Riverside Park center will receive assistance from staff.
“We will sort the items right there with the customer and they will go straight into balers or they’ll go into storage bunkers that we have,” Hinson said.
Materials such as plastics and aluminum will go into storage while other items, such as cardboard, will be compacted by baler machines installed at the center.
“The items that we do not accept, we’re having to send back because we don’t have the storage space or the trash service to take (those) items,” Hinson said.
The facility on William Few Parkway also will be shifting from containers to a baler system, she said.
Both recycling centers in Evans and Grovetown are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.