Person Industries, a community rehabilitation program that aims to find jobs for people with disabilities, has opened a recycling center in Roxboro, N.C.
Person County Recycling Center, a joint project between Person Industries and the Person County government, opened June 29.
The materials recovery facility contains recycling equipment from Davco Steel Inc. that can mechanically sort and bale recyclable materials.
Loris, S.C.-based Davco helped train the staff at the recycling center, said Ricky Hardee, Davco sales manager.
We are taking baby steps and learning to operate the machinery, said Jody Suitt, production manager at Person Industries. It's exciting and the guys love to work, and are.
Person Industries' mission is to empower and assist individuals in achieving their vocational and personal goals. The small business is a link between the local business community and people with disabilities in the Person County area.
Person Industries operated a packaging company for 18 years, but when manufacturing shifted to China the administration settled on a shift to recycling.
We plan to maintain our operation and keep a good workforce employed, Suitt said. We hope to expand on the materials we are receiving now and add more.
Currently the facility recycles all post-consumer plastics, in addition to aluminum, cardboard, steel, glass, office paper, mixed paper and white goods.
Starting in October, Person plans to expand to more types of metal, fluorescent lights, oil, oil filters and automotive batteries. For the third phase, starting in January, the materials-recovery facility will add pesticides, pallets and electronics.
The new facility replaces an operation that simply accepted recyclable materials and shipped them to other MRFs for processing.
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