FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Work has begun on overhauling the Florence Recycling Center, and leaders are hoping technology can cut down on most of the monotonous labor that happens there.
Stacks of bailed paper and plastic products wait to be shipped from the recycling center and put back into the commercial market.
On the other side of the warehouse, construction workers are in the process of installing machinery that will take recycling to a new level.
The new equipment will put a conveyor belt and sorting bins directly over the material balers, speeding up the processing time of recyclables tremendously.
“Now it will go into hoppers that are being constructed. They will pull a switch on it, and it will go directly into the baler,” said director David Koonce. “It will eliminate a lot of machine work and a lot of labor moving it around.”
Grant money through the State of Alabama is paying for the majority of the 400-thousand dollars being spent on the upgrades.
Expansion plans are already in the works for additional machinery to keep up with demand for recycled materials.