Church Upset With Recycler Over Blowing Refuse 6-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Church Upset With Recycler Over Blowing Refuse 6-08-2010

Some neighbors are seeing red over a green program in a local city. They claim a recycling center’s garbage is blowing all over their property, and they’re stuck cleaning it up.
"Since we've been attending this church, there has been an ongoing problem with the recycling facility down the street,” said Secret Place Tabernacle member Fredrick Jones.
All around the area, pizza boxes, plastic bottles, papers and plastic bags litter the area outside the bounds of CBC Recycling in Flint, spilling onto East 14th Street. Church members said they’re tired of pickup up the rubbish.
“There’s no protective barrier to not allow the trash to be blown this way,” said one church member.
The owner of the recycling plant, Stephanie Reischling, said it’s simply that the items are blowing in the wind.
Further down the street from the plant, items that are recyclable lay strewn about.
Reischling said cleaning it up is an everyday job that costs her money.
“We have kids come in to clean every other day,” said Reischling. “Believe it or not, that [area] was just covered the day before yesterday.”
Reischling told TV5 that with the drop in the economy, the price for a ton of recycled material isn’t the same anymore.
As a result, the recycling center has needed to cut its staff back from 55 employees to 12.
But for churchgoers, the current situation is not acceptable and they want the mess cleaned up for good.
"We are going to see a situation where, regardless of what we do to enhance this community, the trash is going to take its toll," said Jones.
Reischling said the facility will have a new fence installed in the coming weeks to try and prevent recycled material from blowing onto neighboring properties.
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