Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New recycling center on Bayshore

A new recycling center is set to open on July 18th at 195 Bayshore Boulevard, at the former Caldwell site near Beverages and More. The center is meant to meet the city’s demand for consumer facilities for the redemption of plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers.

TOMRA Pacific, Inc., a Connecticut company, hopes their facility will be user-friendly. It has designed into the center drive-through service as well as self-service "reverse vending machines." The company has planned for handling high volume, up to 5 million containers a month, in what will be one of the largest facilities in San Francisco.

The number of recycling centers in the city has fallen to 15 from 35 in just the past few years, largely due to the closure of grocery stores that offered drop-off centers on their property.

"TOMRA offers a better, cleaner alternative to industrial junkyard-style recycling centers which can be intimidating and overwhelming for many people," said Matt Millhiser, the company's Director of Convenience Zone Operations.

The Bayshore location is scheduled to operate seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Vehicles will enter off Bayshore, and exit onto Barneveld.

TOMRA has operations in nearly 50 countries, and over 435 locations throughout California including the existing Bayview location in the Williams Street FoodsCo parking lot.

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