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Recycling Board receives million-dollar grant

ALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Recycling Board is one step closer to an expanded facility.

The Resource Recovery Facility recently received a million–dollar grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Director Cindy Johnson told WBKB that the grant will help cover expenses for their eventual new location. Johnson said a new facility would do more than just increase how much they process. It would also provide workers with greater comfort and protection.

“It’ll be a facility where our employees can get out of the cold. It’ll be enclosed. If you’ve ever been here, you’ve seen how it works. And there’s not enough room at this facility to take in any more product.”

Johnson said they feel humbled as the only group to receive such a large grant during the last period.

As it stands, workers currently must sort every item by hand. One man told WBKB they’ve only managed to clear the pile once throughout the four years he’s worked there.

Work on the new facility is projected to begin in 2023.