Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

$1.9 million approved for new recycling warehouse in Pasco

DADE CITY — Pasco County commissioners last week approved spending $1.9 million to build a recycling plant at the county's trash facility on Hays Road in Shady Hills.

The 13,600-square-foot resource recovery center will be constructed next to the trash-to-steam plant. The county hired Trias Construction of Lutz to build the center.

County utilities director Bruce Kennedy said the project will improve efficiency for collecting and sorting recyclables — metal, glass and most plastic containers — at the facility.

Recyclables are currently sorted at the same warehouse as regular household trash, which leads to crowding and delays, he said.

"The building they have now is too small and not suited for sorting," Kennedy said.

The new warehouse will include a 1,200-square-foot office. The work is expected to last about eight months.

The project comes after an expansion of the county's recycling program last summer to allow residents to use any trash receptacle for recyclables, instead of requiring blue bags.

The containers must be outfitted with reflective stickers to indicate a recyclable pickup.

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