Recycle center moves to new location June 1

REED CITY – The place where old milk jugs, used batteries and last week’s newspapers go to be recycled and sent to a new home, will soon have a new home of its own.

The Recycle of Osceola County Fay Wilson Recycle Center, currently located on Coats Avenue in Reed City, will be relocated five blocks south in their recently purchased facility located at 530 E. Lincoln Street. The new center will open it’s doors June 1.

“The new place will be a great help,” said Ed Lazar, long-time center volunteer. “Our roof leaks (in the current facility) and over there we won’t have posts to fight with.”

Large beams in the center of the current building make it difficult for volunteers to maneuver forklifts while moving recycled material.

Recycle Center president, Larry Neiderheid, said the new facility will offer the group a better storage area and a new portable loading dock, which will decrease the time it takes to load material onto trucks to be shipped.

“The new place is really a nice building and we didn’t want to be in a situation where we couldn’t serve the community,” Neiderheid said.

The new facility will also come with more land around the building, ideal for future expansion.

“We have 1.2 acres at the new place and we own no land outside of building at old place,” Neiderheid said. “We’d like to build a pole barn out there in the future.”

The Osceola County Recycle Center recycled over 510 tons of material last year, the largest quantity being 535,000 pounds of corrugated cardboard.

The center also serves as the home base for satellite centers in Evart and LeRoy. The Evart center takes recycling the second Saturday of the month and the LeRoy center takes drop-offs the first Saturday of the month.

“Everything comes to us in Reed City and we ship it out,” Neiderheid said.

The center currently accepts plastic bags, tin, milk jugs, styrofoam, newspaper, aluminum, clear glass, shiny paper and

magazines, batteries and cardboard. After the move to the new facility, the center may begin to accept other items.

“We can start taking more things once we have more room,” Neiderheid said.

The center is funded by the sale of cardboard and plastic. Grants from the Osceola and Mecosta County Community Foundations in the past have helped with the purchase of equipment.

Volunteers completely run the operation. Individuals volunteer time to staff the center during it’s hours of operation weekly. The main group of workers consists of ten volunteers whom Neiderheid refers to as “the Big Ten.”

“Without those ten, we’d really be in trouble,” Neiderheid said.

The ten individuals include Ed Lazar, Art Proefrock, Jackie Gerould, Lynn Gerould, Gil Heilman, Ken Boyer, Mike Stillwell, Susie Neiderheid, Fay Wilson and Stu Smith.

Volunteer groups from the community also come on Saturdays to help collect and sort material to be shipped.

Local groups who help include Yoplait, Country Unlimited, Lucky Livestock 4-H group, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Dairy 4-H club, Habitat for Humanity, Reed City Hospital, Reed City United Methodist church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Bell Pioneers, Knights of Columbus, Girl Scout troops and Reed City Amvets.

The move to the new facility will include transporting three large bailers used to compress cardboard, as well as a heavy duty grinder. The current center will maintain it’s hours of operation until the new facility is open.

Neiderheid took over the operation when center founder Fay Wilson stepped down from the president position in September 2010.

Wilson began the operation in 1988 in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church. It then moved to various locations around the city, including the parking lot near the building which used to be Plum’s grocery store. In 1994, the organization bought the building that they are currently leaving.

The center will retain it’s name, Faye Wilson Recycle Center, as it moves to a different facility.

“Recycling wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Fay,” Neiderheid said.

The current center is open 5 days a week, 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays; 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of the month. The hours will be the same at the new facility.