Washington County Commissioners Praise County’s First Single-Stream Recycling Center

A May 14 Herald Mail article reported that the Washington County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially acknowledge and praise the Apple Valley Recycling Center.  The facility is the County’s first single-stream recycling center and opened in September of 2014.

“I’m very happy to have Apple Valley Waste locate here in Washington County,” county Commissioner Jeffrey A. Cline said. “The enthusiasm, the willingness to work and to hire people is important, but recycling is the right thing to do. I’m very proud to have a company like Apple Valley Waste here to help us with that.” …

John Decker, managing partner and chief executive officer of Apple Valley Waste, credited the efforts of county agencies with helping to obtain permits and get the project under way, allowing for more locally collected recylables to stay here while diverting waste from county landfills.

“Most of the material from this market was making a trip all the way to Baltimore to be processed, including ours,” Decker said. “The economics of that weren’t very good. The environment impact of that wasn’t very good. So we saw an opportunity to process material right here locally, help the economic situation, really help the environmental situation.”

The article noted that the center processes an average of 20 to 25 truckloads of waste material daily and employs more than 30 employees.

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