Greenstar Recycling unveiled their new single stream recycling facility in Akron Wednesday morning. The single stream process allows residents and business to combine all recyclables into one bin.
"No longer are the residents or the haulers required to separate the materials in their households or at the curb," said Steve Dunn, senior vice president of operations.
Greenstar has invest $7 million in the new facility including improvements to an existing 196,000 square facility on Exeter Road.
The company has created 43 new local jobs and plans to add more, up to 75, as volume increases.
"We are here to partner with the city, the county and the state, said Marcelo Figueira, CEO of Greenstar Recycling. "And we hope we can enhance this partnership moving on."
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said the city is always looking for new ways to improve the environment.
"There are many things we can do," said Plusquellic."Taking waste out of the landfills, and not only taking it out but reusing it for good use, is an important part of what we've been doing."
The recycling center will process around 7,000 tons of recyclables each month, serving central and northeast Ohio. That number is expected to double within the next 18 to 24 months.