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Hudson -- The Environmental Awareness Committee asked Council to consider requesting space in the Downtown Phase II project be set aside for a recycling center for downtown businesses.
Since a recycling center on Owen Brown Street and Morse Road closed, businesses no longer have a convenient site to take their recyclable materials, especially cardboard, according to Environmental Awareness Committee Chairman Ed Resnick.
"We would like recycling done by the businesses," Resnick said.
The municipal facility, salt dome and bus garage will be relocated for the Downtown Phase II project. Resnick said the committee would like the developer to consider a recycling facility in the plans for the new development.
"We want to [plan to] do it ahead of time," Resnick said. "It's more cost effective than after the fact."
There is no convenient recycling location nearby, Resnick said. The Environmental Awareness Committee would prefer a recycling center similar to the one on Boston Mills Road for businesses only.
The city staff liaison for the committee, Sonya Mottram, said the design would hide the container from the public so that is would only be used by businesses in the area.
Most residents have curbside recycling now, Resnick added.
"We've increased the options for residents, and this is a chance to increase options for businesses," Resnick said.
The Environment Awareness Committee wanted to include Main Street as part of the recycling but that could be a problem.
"It's not unusual for a developer to have recycling for his development, but it would be unusual to include Main Street," said City Manager Jane Howington.
Recycling was not built into First & Main but the future developer could see it as an option, Resnick said.