Tin, glass and aluminum, it's all recyclable at new Del. facility

By Amy Cherry 5:04pm, August 29, 2013 - Updated 5:45pm, August 29, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority cuts the ribbon on a new recycling facility not far from the Cherry Island landfill.

WDEL's Amy Cherry got an inside look.

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The massive automated recycling facility turns waste into economic opportunity.

"We've gone from being a regional laggard to really being on teh cusp of being a national leader."

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That's Gov. Markell, who's thrilled that ReCommunity has invested $15 million to install brand new, state-of-the-art sorting equipment at the Delaware Recycling Center.

The facility will now process just about everything from paper and plastic to tin and glass.

"It's going to recover more than 90-percent of available recyclables," says Markell.

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That's equivalent to reducing greenhouses gases equal to removing 85,000 cars off the road.

The facility also added more than 35 jobs to Delaware.

Delaware's universal recycling law that goes into effect fully in January 2014 paved the way for the facility.

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