December 3, 2010
New State-of-Art Recycling - Now Open in Arlington!
Arlington has something no other city in the world has: A
state-of-the-art recycling machine that can store up to 55,000
crushed cans and 18,000 plastic bottles.
The Reimagine Recycling Center was unveiled Nov. 30 at the Kroger
store at Pioneer Parkway and Fielder Road.
“I’m an environmentalist and believe in recycling everything we
can,” said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, who was joined by Coca-Cola
Recycling President John Burgess, Arlington ISD Superintendent Jerry
McCullough and a host of other city and school officials. Students
from Hill Elementary had the honor of demonstrating how the machine
“This is a terrific project and I can’t tell you how proud I am that
the first one in the world is right here in Arlington, Texas,” the
Burgess said Arlington was chosen as the first site for the
recycling unit because of its support for recycling.
How does it work? The recycling center verifies, crushes and then
sorts aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles. The items then
move through the recycle stream and eventually into the production
process to be remade into new products. Burgess said the machine can
suck up to 200 items per minute.
A beneficiary of the machine is the Arlington ISD. As containers
move through the scanners, the center counts the plastic bottles and
aluminum cans and awards points for each recycled item. Recyclers
accumulate points that can be translated into dollars and donated to
the AISD school of their choice.