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Proposed Relocation of Tennessee Recycling Center Sparks Debate Amongst Commissioners

Some commissioners believe the new recycling center would be cleaner in operations than the existing facility, while others believe the same level of services can be achieved at a lesser cost by expanding the existing center.

Rutherford County (Tenn.) Commissioner Pettus Read, Mayor Ernest Burgess and Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen have proposed a relocation of the Rockvale Recycle Center, which would expand the service on the government’s property and continue to include the historic store on the other side of Rockvale Road in a rural community southwest of Murfreesboro. The trio claims that the new recycling center would be cleaner in operations than the existing facility.

Past Commissioner Ronald Williams, however, feels that the same level of waste and recycling collection services can be achieved at a lesser cost by expanding the existing center. In addition, Rockvale Historical Society President Eddie Macon believes the store should be preserved as a museum, not a new recycling center.

The Daily News Journal has more:

Rockvale's past and present county commissioners provided dueling views about recycling center plans by a closed historical store.

Presesent Rutherford County Commissioner Pettus Read, Mayor Ernest Burgess and Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen propose relocating the existing recycle center to expand the service on the government's property that would continue to include the store on the other side of Rockvale Road in a rural community southwest of Murfreesboro.

"This is something that the community is going to be proud of," said Read, adding that the proposed recycle center will be cleaner in operating behind a berm to protect the view of neighbors. "It's something that helps the community and that everybody can be proud of rather than looking at a dump."

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