‘Sure We Can’ Recycling Center asks city for help as it faces possible shutdown

A local recycling center is facing a possible shutdown if it doesn’t get help from the city.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2020, 12:17 AM

Updated 1,428 days ago

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A local recycling center is facing a possible shutdown if it doesn’t get help from the city. 
Employees at Sure We Can Recycling Center is a place where more than 800 people drop off the plastic and aluminum containers they collect throughout the year. 
Co-founder Ana de Luco says they’re asking the city for $2.3 million. They say the owners of the property they rent wants to sell the lot. 
If they do not come up with the money, they’ll have to shut down an operation de Luco says is helping the borough. 
"This is definitely one of the community solutions that is very much needed in two sides, environmental and jobs,” said de Luco. 
Last year, they collected $12 million plastic, glass, and aluminum containers. De Luco says this is better for the environment --compared to how people recycle at home. 
The money they receive from the city would allow them to stay at the location permanently. The operation is self-sustaining. 
The City Council says it's in budget negotiations and iss considering the request. 
Canners in the community are hopeful that the center stays open, so they can continue to make an income. 
 


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