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Posted on: September 28, 2021

OPELIKA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO RECYCLING CENTERS

The City of Opelika Environmental Services (OES) Department is making several changes to the 8th Avenue and Jeter Avenue Recycling Centers in order to better serve residents. Hours will soon change at both locations. Effective Friday, October 1, the new hours of operation will change to the following:

8th Avenue:  Gate will open at 8 a.m. Friday and close at 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

Jeter Avenue:  Gate will open at 8 a.m. and close at 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

These expanded hours will allow citizens more access to “RECYCLE RIGHT OPELIKA”. City officials are asking everyone to follow the rules and please not contaminate the material. That is the only way Environmental Services will be able to keep these expanded hours.

OES is in the process of installing a compactor for cardboard at the 8th Avenue Recycling Center. Once installed, it is required for everyone to breakdown their boxes to fit in the opening. Any cardboard left on the ground will be handled as trash and will end up in the landfill. If city officials find anyone leaving cardboard on the ground they will be fined as per our ordinance – $100.00 for the first occurrence and increasing after the first occurrence. Please do your part by recycling your cardboard properly.

 Sometime in the next 30-60 days OES plans to install a large storage container at each site in order to get some of recycling material out of the weather. These containers will house electronics, batteries, paint, used cooking oil, bagged shredded paper and bagged aluminum cans that OES donates to United Way. One change being made is with battery recycling. There will be bins for you to put the various sizes in.

Terry White, Director of OES, said, “I feel these changes will enhance the city’s recycling program. Thank you to those using our recycling centers and if you ever want the convenience of curbside recycling, please sign up at Opelika-al.gov.”

 For additional information, contact Leigh G. Krehling at 334-705-5136 or [email protected]

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