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New Colchester construction recycling center opens

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Myers Waste and Recycling is open for business.

The new Colchester center has been in the works for two years -- the goal is to take recycling to another level. "No more of this stuff going to the landfill -- that's the end of it starting today," said Jeff Myers, the company's President.

Vermonters will now have a place to dump unwanted building materials. Construction debris will all be brought to the Colchester facility and separated. "What we plan on doing is taking this pile, recycling as much of that pile as we can -- hopefully as much as 85 percent -- and get it down to this size of a pile," Meyers said.

About 10 percent of all residential trash and 15 percent of all commercial trash in Chittenden County will pass through the new center. "He's going to be able lower the cost for construction and the disposal cost for that construction material. And he's going to employ 12 people -- how good is that?" said Tom Moreau with the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

The $4.2 million facility will eventually create a total of 20 jobs and will help slow the process of overloading Vermont's only landfill. "This is going to help us move to 100 percent recycling in Vermont in the near future," said Governor Peter Shumlin.

"I think the construction industry is ready for this and they want to keep this stuff out of the landfill, so I think with a little bit of training we'll have them there," Meyers said.

Materials like asphalt shingles will be broken down and resold. "We're going to work with a company and we'll put it in pavement," Meyers explained.

Other materials, like concrete and sheetrock will also be recycled. Myers will send 40 trucks out Monday morning to begin collection. Contracts with the companies that will receive the materials are still in negotiation. "We're practicing it. We're gonna preach it. We're gonna teach it. We're going to be on job site. We're gonna show the people what to do. We're gonna get the construction material out of the waste stream and get it to the proper markets," Myers said.

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