Henry recycling center not closing, but county discusses ‘sustainability’ of center

McDONOUGH — According to the Henry County government, the recycling center is not closing July 1, despite rumors to the contrary.

However, County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews said on Friday that county officials are discussing the “sustainability” of the facility, which is located at 65 West Asbury Road in McDonough, just off Ga. Highway 20/81.

Those discussions center around the operational expenditures compared to the revenues generated by the facility. According to a press release from the Henry County government, a final recommendation for the facility has not been presented to the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

Matthews said in the press release that the staff has been asked to evaluate surrounding jurisdictions, develop a fee schedule and assess all other options.

Currently, there is no fee for residents to use the recycling center.

According to the county, its Public Works Department is researching the options provided by trash disposal companies that do business in Henry, specifically if they offer recycling services as mandated by the county’s code of ordinances.

The center takes clear, amber and green glass, tin cans, plastics of the No. 1 and No. 2 varieties, aluminum foil, cans and food trays, cardboard, office paper, newspaper, telephone books, magazines, acid-based batteries, motor oil, residential cooking oil, scrap metal, live Christmas trees, and yard debris from Henry County residents only.

Melissa Robinson, Henry County’s public information director, said on Friday that rumors had swirled regarding the future of the recycling center.

The Herald has contacted the county for more information regarding the sustainability discussions, but had not heard back as of press time.

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