Boone opens in-town recycling center

Article Published: Oct. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Boone opens in-town recycling center

The town of Boone is adding another recycling option in light of tougher trash laws.

The town has developed a collection center in the heart of the town limits to help residents meet a state law banning plastic bottles from landfills, a regulation that became effective Oct.1.

Marsha Story, the town's recycling coordinator, said the center is designed for everyone's convenience, but is particularly geared toward multi-family apartment complexes that don't have room to add another recycling container.

"This is a pilot program that we'll look at for two months," Story said, at which point it could become a permanent site if there is enough public use.

The center is a drive-through site in the parking lot on Horn in the West Drive, which has access from four directions.

"In multi-family apartment complexes, there are no (plastic-recycling) containers due to the bulkiness of the container and because it would require an additional route to pick them up," Story said.

In-town, single-family residences still have curbside pick-up of all the usual items, though anyone is welcome to drop material off at the new collection center.

The site will have decals on each container instructing people on how best to separate the materials.

The center will accept all plastic bottles with the #1 or #2 symbol; all clear, brown and blue or green glass jars and bottles; all steel and aluminum cans; all newspaper, magazines, junk mail and other scrap paper; and gray pasteboard such as cereal boxes and paper towel rolls.

For more information on recycling or the new collection center, call Story at (828) 268-6230 or email (

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