The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently announced the City of West Monroe has been selected as a grant recipient of a Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grant to expand recycling services in the community.
Grant fund in the amount of $997,199 has been awarded to the City of West Monroe to expand covered space and storage for receiving, processing and storing recyclables. Grant funding will provide equipment enabling the City of West Monroe to accept and process additional materials such as scrap tires. Additional staff will help the recycling program expand services, hours of operation and expertise.
“Some of the goals of this project are to increase the amount of materials being diverted from landfills, provide greater accessibility to properly dispose of waste while preventing illegal dumping and cleaning up the west side of Ouachita Parish,” said West Monroe Staci Mitchell.
The West Monroe Recycling Center has been open since fall 2018. The facility, located directly behind the West Monroe Police Department, is a free drop off recycling facility open to the general public. The facility is currently open three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City of West Monroe will be updating its Facebook page and the West Monroe Recycling Center Facebook page as this expansion project is implemented.